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South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity - Fish Collection
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Abstract: The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) is a National Research Facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF). It was formerly known as the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, the Scientific 'home' of the Coelacanth. Their National Fish Collection is the largest collection of southern African fish anywhere in the world. It is the largest fish collection in Africa and the second largest in the southern hemisphere, and is included in FISHBASE. It currently contains 42582 records of 319 families. This dataset has been updated in August 2009.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa
Dataset Title: Fish Collection
Dataset Release Place: Grahamstown, South Africa
Dataset Publisher: AfrOBIS, South Africa
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1888-01-01
Stop Date: 2009-06-04
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 100 m
Longitude Resolution: 100 m
Horizontal Resolution Range: 30 meters - < 100 meters
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SHIPS Ancillary Description
Quality The overland records have been deleted.
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Data Center
International Ocean Biogeographic Information System Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (732) 932-6555 x 565
Fax: (732) 932-8578
Email: evberghe at
Contact Address:
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
71 Dudley Road
City: New Brunswick
Province or State: NJ
Postal Code: 08901-8521
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Format: OBIS Schema
Fees: None
Phone: +27 46 6035829
Email: A.Whitfield at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-02-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24