Biological Databases of South Australia
Biodiversity information in the department is predominantly stored in the Biological Databases of South Australia (BDBSA) which manages specimen and observation records and includes taxonomic systems for South Australian flora and fauna.
BDBSA data supports decision making on environmental issues within the South Australian and Australian governments as well as the wider community with an interest in biodiversity conservation.
- BDBSA overview
- Data request procedure
- Supertable overview
- Supertable field definitions
- BDBSA species presence and absence observations
The department is responsible for the storage and maintenance of the data. Well established relationships with SA Museum and State Herbarium curators and taxonomists support this function.
Ongoing data management and continuous review, taking account of periodic taxonomic revision, preserves record integrity and ensures the highest quality biological information is available to collectors, custodians and users alike.
The 1000+ datasets within the BDBSA includes:
- more than 1.5 million vertebrate records comprising birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians
- more than 1 million flora location records
- more than 11,000 photopoints.
Summary fauna and flora records can be retrieved using NatureMaps and/or Atlas of Living Australia.
The BDBSA also includes records from a number of significant partners:
- SA Museum
- conservation organisations
- private consultancy companies
- Birds SA
- Birdlife Australia
- Australasian Wader Study Group.
Taxonomic listings are published periodically as:
- Flora Census - Census of SA Vascular Plants
- Vertebrate Census - A list of the Vertebrates of SA.