Freshwater fish records at The University of the South Pacific

Latest version published by The University of the South Pacific on 27 October 2023 The University of the South Pacific
Publication date:
27 October 2023
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Freshwater biodiversity in the Oceania region is not well studied and underreported. The preserved specimens of freshwater fish at The University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji) are documented in this dataset and is a work in progress. No coordinates have been included as the sites need to be georeferenced. This is a long term goal.

The records in this dataset were mobilised from a catalouge prepared by Lekima Copeland, one of the few freshwater ichthyologist's from Fiji. Data mobilisation and publication followed the guidelines provided by GBIF. Taxonomic names were verified using the OpenRefine script developed by SIB-Colombia for Taxonomic Validation with WORMS's API, available on GitHub.

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 365 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.


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is The University of the South Pacific. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 4bebaef6-da0f-41bf-9f94-2335d63d7206.  The University of the South Pacific publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


freshwater; fish; Fiji; Solomon Islands; University of the South Pacific; Occurrence


Lekima Copeland
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Freshwater Ichthyologist
The University of the South Pacific
Kelly Brown
  • Curator
The University of the South Pacific
Kelly Brown
  • Curator
Curator USP Marine Collection
The University of the South Pacific

Geographic Coverage

At this time, the dataset covers Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

The following familes make up this dataset:

Family Ambassidae, Anguillidae, Apogonidae, Carangidae, Chanidae, Cichlidae, Congridae, Cyprinidae, Diodontidae, Dorosomatidae, Eleotridae, Engraulidae, Gerreidae, Gobiidae, Haemulidae, Kuhliidae, Leiognathidae, Lutjanidae, Megalopidae, Monodactylidae, Moringuidae, Mugilidae, Mullidae, Muraenidae, Ophichthidae, Poeciliidae, Scatophagidae, Siganidae, Sphyraenidae, Syngnathidae, Terapontidae, Tetraodontidae, Tetrarogidae, Zenarchopteridae

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1970-01-01 / 2006-12-31

Collection Data

Collection Name Freshwater Collection
Collection Identifier Freshwater
Parent Collection Identifier USP

Additional Metadata