There are more than 11000 identified specimen lots of described, native Australian millipedes in museums. You can download these records from this page as comma-separated-value (CSV) files which can be opened in any spreadsheet or text editor, or as KML files which can be opened in Google Earth or another spatial browser. To download the files, click on the or icon next to the taxon name below. Please read the introduction below before downloading.
Each CSV file has all or most of the following associated data:
- Number, gender and stadium (adult or juvenile) of specimens
- Name of identifier
- Repository (see this page for explanation of abbreviations)
- Registration number
- Type status
- Notes on specimens
- Locality in words
- State or Territory
- Latitude/longitude (decimal degrees)
- Uncertainty (radius of circle likely to contain collection area — conservatively estimated)
- GeoSource (where the latitude/longitude comes from)
- Date of collection, as day, month, and year of last or only collection event; collection notes indicate full collecting period if relevant
- Name of collector(s)
- Notes on collection event
- Source(s) of record (see also the Millipedes of Australia bibliography page)
Note that some records lack latitude and longitude because the locality is too vague ('Tasmania', 'New Holland'). These records will not appear in a map generated from the CSV file. Further, I have not included records:
- with identifications I regard as uncertain
- with uncertain localities
- of specimens identified only to genus
- of specimens with coded IDs, e.g. Heterocladosoma n. sp. 'Toowoomba'
The CSV files are in UTF-8 encoding. For more information on the records, see the metadata page.
The KML files contain only two items of information besides the location of the record. The first item is the repository and registration number of the specimen lot, if known, or other information which may help you to associate that KML placemark with the corresponding record in the CSV file. The second item is the spatial uncertainty of the record (see above). When viewing the KML in Google Earth, click on the marker and a balloon will pop up displaying these two items of information. Records without latitude and longitude (see above) have not been included in the KML file.
The CSV and KML files are made available here with a Creative Commons license (attribution + non-commercial, by-nc). You are welcome to use or copy the locality records for non-commercial purposes. Please cite the Millipedes of Australia URL in your work, together with the date you accessed the information. Note that each CSV and KML file has the date of the most recent compilation in the filename, as in 'agathodesmus_30-March-2012.csv'. Please make sure you cite this date when re-using the records.
If you notice any errors or other problems in the records, please let me know by email (mesibov (at) southcom (dot) com (dot) au). The CSV files have been generated from databases which contain more information than has been included here.