University of Costa Rica (UCR) Fish Database

William Bussing, University of Costa Rica; Department of Biology; Museum of Zoology

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS Secretariat


Primary contact William Bussing University of Costa Rica; Department of Biology; Museum of Zoology
Secondary contact OBIS Secretariat Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Secondary contact University of Costa Rica; Department of Biology Museum of Zoology


Myrna López and William Bussing (1964): Museum of Zoology, Biology Department, University of Costa Rica
Bussing, W. 2020. University of Costa Rica (UCR) Fish Database. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (


Marine and freshwater fishes from Central America, principally Costa Rica.



Supplemental information

This dataset was downloaded from OBIS ( The records for only marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays and sharks were extracted. Records with no longitude/latitude or no date (eventDate) were excluded.
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Myrna López and William Bussing (1964): Museum of Zoology, Biology Department, University of Costa Rica



This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
idRecord ID
dataset_idDataset ID
scientificnameScientific name
vernacularnameVernacular name
aphiaidAphia ID
taxonranktaxononic rank
individualcountGroup size / individual count
eventdateEvent date (precision varies)
eventtimeEvent time
decimallatitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimallongitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
coordinateprecisionCoordinate precision
catalognumberCatalog number
collectioncodeCollection code
occurrencestatusOccurrence status
basisofrecordBasis of record (HumanObservation / MachineObservation)
modifiedDate/time the record was modified
node_idNode ID
occurrenceidOccurrence ID
occurrenceremarksOccurrence remarks
eventidEvent ID
institutioncodeInstitution code
lifestageLife stage
sexGender of the animal if known
speciesSpecies by provider
datasetidDataset ID by provider
localityLocation of ocean
waterbodyDetails of ocean
droppedFlag indicating the record was dropped (always false)
absenceFlag indicating the record represents the absence of the species (always false)
marineFlag indicating the record is for marine life (always true)
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks33
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1966-04-07
Date, End1991-11-10
Temporal prec.111000
Latitude3.30 - 16.16
Longitude-87.81 - -81.93
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughiOBIS
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Shared with None
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