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The echinoderm collection (IE) of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN - Paris)

Latest version published by MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle on Oct 17, 2018 MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle

The aim is to provide a general view of the echinoderm collection of the Paris Museum, which is primarily a scientific collection. The naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, one of the founders of the Theory of Evolution, was the first to really establish the collection of echinoderms at the Paris Museum. There are both dry and alcohol-preserved lots. Some sea cucumber specimens are preserved as microscopic preparations on slides. The number of lots is estimated at 500,000, of which 0.4% are types. Echinoderms have been collected in all oceans, at all latitudes. The largest numbers of specimens were collected relatively recently in the Indo-West Pacific. Echinoderms live exclusively in marine waters and at all depths. For 25 years intensive research programs have permitted huge collections to be obtained, especially from the Indo-Pacific and Antarctic regions. Most of the data entered so far are from these regions.

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 44,095 records. 4 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
  • Identification 
  • Multimedia 
  • Reference 
  • Identifier

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Data as a DwC-A file download 44,095 records in French (2 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
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Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle. 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: b568aebb-b2c8-4dd2-8a59-ab74d50f8640.  MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF France.


Occurrence; Specimen; Echinoderm; Echinodermata; Marine; Invertebrates; Zoology; Taxonomy; Specimens; Collections; Types


Who created the resource:


Who can answer questions about the resource:

Nadia Ameziane

Who filled in the metadata:

Simon Chagnoux

Who else was associated with the resource:

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Nadia Ameziane
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Sébastien Soubzmaigne
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Marc Éleaume
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Tim O'Hara
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Pierre Lozouet

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers b568aebb-b2c8-4dd2-8a59-ab74d50f8640