Biota occurrence data from plankton surveys around New Zealand

Latest version published by The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) on 15 November 2018 The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

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The dataset contains details of the biota caught during plankton surveys around New Zealand and the south western Pacific although some occurrence data is included from other oceans sourced from the digitisation of journal articles from New Zealand authors. A large source from this dataset is provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries from its "plankton" and "rocklob" databases. This dataset records all biological specimens collected during plankton sampling including fish, larvae, and eggs. This dataset does not include and data from Constant Plankton Recorders.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 38,683 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Southwest Pacific OBIS (2013). Biological observation data from plankton surveys around New Zealand. Southwestern Pacific OBIS, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, 36723 records, Online http://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource.do?r=mbis_plankton released on June 22, 2014.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 0ed0a394-5276-433e-bf8d-09ceaaee45e9.  The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF New Zealand.


Occurrence; Observation


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Geographic Coverage

Generally the New Zealand region of the Pacific Ocean

Bounding Coordinates South West [-78.2, -107.2], North East [37.6, 12.6]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1956-01-01 / 2013-12-31

Sampling Methods

Biological data was sampled in-situ using a variety of equipment such as plankton trawls, vertical nets, water samples.

Study Extent Species occurrence data collated from research events using plankton sampling equipment in and around New Zealand waters.
Quality Control The scientific names have been mapped to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), using the online taxon match tool. All sampling locations have been plotted on a map to perform a visual check. The most important check would be to see if all sampling locations are (1) in the marine and/or brackish environment and (2) within the described sampling area.

Method step description:

  1. Data was then assimilated from digital and non digital sources (such as journal publications, reports, work sheets) into a central dataset.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Research+Services/Research+Database+Documentation/plankton/default.htm Plankton Database documentation (Ministry of Primary Industries)
  2. http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Research+Services/Research+Database+Documentation/rocklob/default.htm Rocklob Database documentation (Ministry of Primary Industries)

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers 0ed0a394-5276-433e-bf8d-09ceaaee45e9