Integrated Publishing Toolkit(IPT)

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Latest version published by Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on Feb 22, 2017 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences houses a precious collection of zoological, anthropological, paleontological, mineralogical and geological materials and data. The renowned Iguanodons from Bernissart, ambassadors of the Belgian science institute in Brussels, represent a natural history collection currently estimated to hold over 37 million specimens. The roots of the present day collection reach far back in history. It evolved from the Natural History collection of Karel of Lotharingen, governor of The Netherlands (1712-1780) and was part of didactic materials owned by the Central School of the City of Brussels. After the independence of Belgium, the City of Brussels donated the collection to the Belgian Government and became part of the autonomous Royal Natural History Museum in 1846, known as the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences since 1948. Fieldwork by researchers and collaborators, in Belgium and abroad, donations and purchases have been expanding the assets ever since. Data presented here are coming from the darwin database, the collection management tool of the RBINS. Today, the darwin database manages information on about 350.000 specimens stored in the institute's depositories. This number rises on a daily basis thanks to the continued efforts of curators and their adjuncts that are responsible for maintaining the stored specimens and information. Our online database provides information about the collections of the Vertebrates, Invertebrates, Entomology and Paleobotany. The application will soon be expanded with paleontozoological data. The Department of Geology and the Department of Marine Ecosystems provide information on different systems. More information on these departments can be found on and The corner stone of the darwin database is the specimen and the information about its origin and its status. Although the status of the specimens sollow the current regulations of the International Code on Zoological Nomenclature other status specifications not treated by the ICZN regulations (eg. topotype) have been maintained as supplementary information about the specimen(s) in question. Enjoy your virtual visit through our collections!

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 507,159 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.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 507,159 records in English (38 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (6 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. 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: 8138eb72-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a.  Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Belgian Biodiversity Platform.


Occurrence; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Darwin ICT
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Rue Vautier straat, 29 1000 Bruxelles/Brussels BE

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Johnny Rymenans
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Rue Vautier straat, 29 1000 Bruxelles/Brussels BE

Who filled in the metadata:

André Heughebaert
Node Manager
Belgian Biodiversity Platform BE

Who else was associated with the resource:

André Heughebaert

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 8138eb72-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a