Biological Databases of South Australia (BDBSA), Australia (1938 - 2016) - marine records

DEW:Bio Data Support, Department for Environment and Water, Goverment of South Australia

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS Australia


Primary contact DEW:Bio Data Support Department for Environment and Water, Goverment of South Australia


Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Biological Databases of SA (BDSA), Date of Extraction: [month year]
Dew:bio data support. 2020. Biological Databases of South Australia (BDBSA), Australia (1938 - 2016) - marine records. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (


The Biological Databases of South Australia (BDBSA)is comprised of an integrated collection of corporate databases which meet Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) standards for data quality, integrity and maintenance. BDBSA was initially established to hold the data collected by the Biological Survey of South Australia but has evolved into a central access point for all biological data within South Australia.
The fauna data for this collection has been downloaded from the Atlas of Living Australia( as a Darwin Core archive. The taxa have been matched to the World Register of Marine Species ( and non-marine taxa excluded. The taxonomy is 'as supplied'.
If any errors have been identified, please contact the Bio Data support email address



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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Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Biological Databases of SA (BDSA), Date of Extraction: [month year]



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 mammals37
Sea turtles5
Rays and sharks3
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1967-03-15
Date, End2016-12-31
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-40.50 - -31.85
Longitude130.47 - 140.88
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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