Marine fauna of Indian seas (Version 1, Released online in December 2005)
IndOBIS Catalogue of Life (IndOBIS CoL, http://www.indobis.org/
) is a work in
progress that aims at collating baseline information on known biota from Indian
Ocean. Other than listing valid scientific name of a species, IndOBIS CoL also
collates data on synonyms, common names, detailed taxon hierarchy and
In December 2005, Dataset 1 containing 13,750 species records (12,592 ... synonyms,
and 5,253 common names) was released. This dataset 1 was culled out from
IndFauna, electronic catalogue of known Indian fauna was developed during
2000-2005 with aim to produce single source catalogue of known Indian fauna.
This is accessible at http://www.ncbi.org.in/. Hence, IndOBIS Dataset 1 is
the marine subset of IndFauna - which has been extracted, and then subjected to
scrutiny by a group of editors that forms the core team of IndOBIS.
This data set was appended with additional 6999 species records, mostly
covering species recorded from other regions of Indian Ocean but beyond Indian
Seas. Hence, together baseline data on 20,749 species records currently crawled
by the OBIS system. These records include 20,749 valid scientific names, 13,432
synonyms, 5,829 common names and 31,576 occurrence details (as on May 6, 2006).
Habitat coverage: Coastal, Mangrove, Backwaters, Estuarine, Marine, Littoral,
Sublittoral, Islands, Lagoons, Islands.
Total number of taxa 20,749 species records (20,749 scientific names, 13,432
synonyms, 5,829 common names, 31,576 occurrences).
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Data Set Citation
Chavan, Vishwas; C. T. Achuthankutty; and N.S. Rane. (eds)
Dataset Release Date:
- In case of IndOBIS Catalogue of Life (IndOBIS CoL) secondary sources of
literature is the prime source of data. The main focus is on published
literature including research papers, faunas / floras, and monographs as
sources of authentic and reviewed information. Data collated together by the
"Data Managers" is then reviewed and verified by team of investigators for its
... authenticity, and validity. As and when required and felt essential we seek
help from the domain experts, mainly seasoned taxonomists on given group of
- In order to ensure quality, authenticity and validity of the data collated in
IndOBIS CoL a informal network of "Taxon Editors" is being developed. These
experts would be within and outside Indian Ocean region, but with experience of
working in Indian Ocean region. IndOBIS would generate "Taxon Editors Reports"
which would be scrutinized by these taxon editors either online and offline.
- In Case of data associated with specimens in natural history museums, we only
collate the data as it is recorded with the labels of the specimens. However,
we use gazetteers to collect latitude and longitude data of locality from which
the specimen has been sampled, which is appended along with the original data.
Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing databases in the form
appearing in the 'Citation' field thereof (if any); and acknowledge the use of
the OBIS facility.
For information purposes, email to firstname.lastname@example.org the full
citation of any publication made (printed or electronic) that cites OBIS or any
Recognize the limitations of data in OBIS.
Data Set Progress
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Chavan, Vishwas; C. T. Achuthankutty; and N.S. Rane. (eds) 2005. IndOBIS
Catalogue of Life (IndOBIS CoL): Marine fauna of Indian seas, an excerpt from
IndFauna, electronic catalogue of known Indian fauna. National Chemicial
Laboratory, Pune, India and National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India.
Retrieved [date] from www.iobis.org.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date:
Last DIF Revision Date:
Future DIF Review Date: