CAAB - Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota

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CAAB - Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota CAAB database content as at 20-Nov-2022 14:06

This is new version of the original CAAB application which is also deployed on the RV Investigator - Any issues, improvements etc. please contact IDC using the Contact form

Features include - the FISHMAP tool showing the expected distribution of fish, distribution map from CSIRO catch records, standardised names of commercial fish and plants from the AS5300 and AS5301 standards, selected images particulary of invertebrates, download your search list of taxa as csv, JSON output of any CAAB taxon record, links to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and other sites.

The CAAB application and database is described in the IDC metadata catalogue Marlin.

CAAB citation

Rees, A.J.J., Yearsley, G.K., Gowlett-Holmes, K. and Pogonoski, J. Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (on-line version).CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrstructure (formerly CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research), World Wide Web electronic publication, 1999 onwards. Available at: https://www.marine.csiro.au/data/caab/.


Search form - search is case in-sensitive

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Extract as CSV (tab delimited)

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Restrict search to:
Scientific names (synonyms and authority)
example: arripis or arripis trutta or ar.tr
Common / standard / marketing names
Current accepted names only
Species only

include CSIRO project-specific ("informal") taxa

or Taxon code
(or synonyms)

example: 37 or 37 441 or 37 441004

Restrict to a taxonomic group (default is all).

Restrict to a CAAB category (default is all). Category code shown in []


Collection Images


View CAAB via Taxonomic tree

Web services, reports and extracts


Standard Fish Names in Australia


Example taxa reports

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