All scientific data collected by the Australian Antarctic program (AAp) are eventually described in the Catalogue of Australian Antarctic and Subantarctic Metadata (CAASM). CAASM can be used to search through AAp data descriptions, and it also provides links to access publicly available datasets, which can either be immediately downloaded or obtained from the Australian Antarctic Data Centre (AADC).
The dataset was compiled from papers entered into Block's bibliography of invertebrate occurrences in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic. The dataset provides a comprehensive list of all terrestrial invertebrates recorded from the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic (at that time). Data were entered into an Excel spreadsheet, which contains approximately 3500 entries.
This dataset forms part of the work completed for Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) project 1146 (ASAC_1146) and the RiSCC program, AAS project 1015 (ASAC_1015).
Papers from the Block Bibliography are available as a separate collection in the Australian Antarctic Division Library.
This dataset has also been incorporated into the biodiversity database, which can be found at the provided URL.
Some of the existing data points may require some spatial corrections.
The invertebrate dataset is publicly available for download from the provided URL. Data are freely available through GBIF and through the AADC web site.
Some records (57) have been identified as marine species and are visible at the SCAR-MarBIN data portal
This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=block_invertebrates when using these data.