Cawthron Institute freshwater invertebrate data

Latest version published by The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) on 09 August 2018 The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

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Data as a DwC-A file download 54,415 records in English (1 MB) - Update frequency: not planned
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Over the past 20+ years the Cawthron Institute has accumulated a large store of information on the nation-wide distribution of freshwater invertebrates and algae. This dataset covers 20 years worth of macoinvertebrate and algal samples processed by Cawthron for regional councils State of the Environment monitoring, funded research work, resource compliance monitoring surveys, and assessments of environmental effects.

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 54,415 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:

Shearer K (2016): Cawthron Institute freshwater invertebrate data. v1.4. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Dataset/Occurrence. https://gbifipt.niwa.co.nz/resource?r=cawthron_invertebrates&v=1.4


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: 18d0270e-899b-4a16-82f2-aa87d93bb1df.  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.




Karen Shearer
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Point of contact
Cawthron Institute
Data Curator
  • Metadata Provider
NIWA National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research

Geographic Coverage

New Zealand

Bounding Coordinates South West [-46.049, 167.366], North East [-36.24, 177.325]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1986-10-01 / 2005-09-30

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 18d0270e-899b-4a16-82f2-aa87d93bb1df