The cnidarians collection (IK) of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN - Paris) in the southwest Pacific region

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This dataset is a subset of the cnidarian collection of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN - Paris) extracted from GBIF and filtered for the southwest Pacific region and for marine species only.

The full collection of cnidarians, comprising about 80 000 lots, combines old specimens from all oceans. These specimens are preserved in either alcohol, dry, as slides, or in a separate herbaria for some hydroids and sea fans. The oldest specimens (1706-1707) of Hydroids and Octocorallia of the collection are preserved in herbaria made by Sébastien Vaillant. The story is revealed on the label and recalls the big names such as Peron and Lesueur; Savigny; Jean-Baptiste Lamarck; Quoy and Gaimard; Valenciennes; and H. Milne-Edwards and Haime. Generations of scientists have enriched the collection, thanks to naturalist expeditions like that of Egypt (1800-1804), Baudin on the western coast of Australia, the Astrolabe (1837-1840), and the two French Antarctic expeditions in early twentieth century. For forty years, various campaigns in the Atlantic (Thalassa, Biogas ...), the sub-Antarctic (on the Marion Dufresne), the Indo-Pacific (program MUSORSTOM / Deep-Sea Benthos), and the great expeditions (Santo, Vanuatu 2006, Guadeloupe 2012) made for the "Planet revisited" program, enriched the collection. Scientists donate collections made throughout their careers, as is the case of the collections of G. Faure, J. Laborel, M. Pichon, B. Salvat, H. Zibrowius ... Specimens sampled by J. Goy in the Mediterranean, Brazil, and Australia expanded the collection of Jellyfish.

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 15,852 records.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle: The cnidarians collection (IK) of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN - Paris) doi:10.15468/7wd1vk


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Occurrence; Specimen


  • Originator
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
Simon Chagnoux
  • Metadata Provider
MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle
57, rue Cuvier
75005 Paris
Aude Andouche
  • Point Of Contact
Administrative Contact
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
Kevin Mackay

Geographic Coverage

South west Pacific Ocean

Bounding Coordinates South West [-60, -140], North East [0, 140]

Taxonomic Coverage


Phylum Cnidaria

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS