Western Australian Organism List

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A total of 1712 results were found at 21:23 on 28th January 2021 when searching for Insecta.


  • Algarobius prosopis (LeConte, 1858) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonym: Bruchus prosopis LeConte, 1858. Common name: Mesquite bruchid beetle.
  • Aloa marginata (Donovan, 1805) 
    Family: Arctiidae

    Synonyms: Amsacta eurymochla Turner, 1927, Amsacta marginata flaveola Rothschild, 1914, Amsacta marginata simplicans Strand, 1919, Areas punctipennis Butler, 1876, Areas roseicostis Butler, 1875, Bombyx marginata Donovan, 1805, Paramsacta pura Hulstaert, 1923.
  • Aloephagus myersi Essig, 1950 
    Family: Aphididae

    Common name: Aloe aphid.
  • Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer, 1797) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Tenebrio diaperinus Panzer, 1797. Common name: Lesser mealworm.
  • Alphitobius laevigatus (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonyms: Microphyes rufipes Macleay, 1872, Opatrum laevigatum Fabricius, 1781. Common name: Black fungus beetle.
  • Altica aenea (Olivier, 1808) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonyms: Altica australis (Blackburn, 1889), Galeruca aenea Olivier, 1808, Haltica aenea (Olivier, 1808), Haltica australis Blackburn, 1889, Haltica bicolora Jacoby, 1904, Haltica ignea Blackburn, 1889.
  • Altica coerulea (Olivier, 1791) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonyms: Altica brevicosta Weise, 1922, Haltica coerulea Olivier, 1791, Haltica elongata Jacoby, 1884. Common name: Flea beetle.
  • Altica gravida (Blackburn, 1896) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonym: Haltica gravida Blackburn, 1896. Common name: Metallic flea beetle.
  • Amarygmus morio (Fabricius, 1777) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonyms: Pimelia morio Fabricius, 1777, Zophobas morio Fabricius, 1776. Common names: Superworm, Darkling beetle.
  • Amasa banksiae (Schedl, 1964) 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonym: Xyleborus banksiae Schedl, 1964.
  • Amblyopone australis Erichson, 1842 
    Family: Formicidae

    Synonyms: Amblyopone australis fortis Forel, 1910, Amblyopone australis foveolata Wheeler, 1927, Amblyopone australis minor Forel, 1915, Amblyopone obscura Smith, 1858.
  • Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant, 1911) 
    Family: Coreidae

    Synonyms: Amblypelta semifulva Blöte, 1935, Pendulinus lutescens Distant, 1911. Common name: Banana spotting bug.
  • Amblytelus leai Sloane, 1898 
    Family: Carabidae

  • Amitermes laurensis (Mjöberg, 1920) 
    Family: Termitidae

    Synonyms: Hamitermes laurensis Mjöberg, 1920, Hamitermes perplexus Hill, 1922, Hamitermes wilsoni Hill, 1922.
  • Amrasca terraereginae (Paoli, 1936) 
    Family: Cicadellidae

    Synonyms: Austroasca terraereginae Paoli, Empoasca maculata Evans, 1942, Empoasca terrae-reginae Paoli, Empoasca terraereginae Paoli, 1936. Common names: cotton leafhopper, cotton jassid.
  • Anacephaleus minutus Evans, 1937 
    Family: Cicadellidae

    Synonyms: Anacephaleus carribensis Evans, 1937, Anacephaleus latus Evans, 1939, Anacephaleus ulopae Evans, 1937.
  • Anacharis zealandica Ashmead, 1900 
    Family: Figitidae

    Synonym: Anacharis australiensis Ashmead, 1900. Common name: Parasitic wasp.
  • Anagyrus fusciventris (Girault, 1915) 
    Family: Encyrtidae

    Synonym: Epidinocarsis fusciventris Girault, 1915. Common name: Parasitic wasp.
  • Anamefiorinia casuarinae (Maskell, 1897) 
    Family: Diaspididae

    Synonym: Fiorinia casuarinae Maskell, 1897.
  • Anaphes nitens (Girault, 1928) 
    Family: Mymaridae

    Synonym: Anaphoidea nitens Girault 1928.

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Each listed organism is declared under the Biosecurity Management act with certain legal requirements:

Declared Pest, Prohibited - s12

Prohibited organisms are declared pests by virtue of section 22(1), and may only be imported and kept subject to permits. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Permitted - s11

Permitted organisms must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported. They may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms.

Declared Pest - s22(2)

Declared pests must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported, and may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms. They may also be subject to control and keeping requirements once within Western Australia.

Permitted, Requires Permit - r73

Regulation 73 permitted organisms may only be imported subject to an import permit. These organisms may be subject to restriction under legislation other than the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Unlisted - s14

If you are considering importing an unlisted organism/s you will need to submit the name/s for assessment, as unlisted organisms are automatically prohibited entry into WA.

Control categories

Declared pests can be assigned to a C1, C2 or C3 control category under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013. Prohibited organisms can be assigned to a C1 or C2 control category, the control categories are:

C1 Exclusion

Organisms which should be excluded from part or all of Western Australia.

C2 Eradication

Organisms which should be eradicated from part or all of Western Australia.

C3 Management

Organisms that should have some form of management applied that will alleviate the harmful impact of the organism, reduce the numbers or distribution of the organism or prevent or contain the spread of the organism.


Unassigned: Declared pests that are recognised as having a harmful impact under certain circumstances, where their subsequent control requirements are determined by a Plan or other legislative arrangements under the Act.

Keeping categories

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013 (BAM Regs) specify prohibited and restricted keeping categories for the purposes of regulating organisms declared under the BAM Act. In regards to the purposes for which they can be kept, and the entities that can keep them for that purpose. A keeping permit is the administrative tool used to assign specific conditions to the keeping of an organism.

Prohibited keeping

Can only be kept under a permit for public display and education purposes, and/or genuine scientific research, by entities approved by the state authority.

Restricted keeping

Organisms which, relative to other species, have a low risk of becoming a problem for the environment, primary industry or public safety and can be kept under a permit by private individuals.

Exempt keeping

No permit or conditions are required for keeping. There may be other requirements under BAMA such as those required for entry of livestock, pigeons and doves, or waybill requirements for stock movement. An organism in the exempt keeping category may also be regulated by other legislation such as the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WCA), administered by DPaW.

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