Western Australian Organism List

The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL) database allows you to search for organisms declared under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act). It is not a complete list of all organisms in Western Australia or their attributes. Use the database to find the legal status of organisms, control requirements, declared pest species and more.

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A total of 1712 results were found at 21:29 on 28th February 2021 when searching for Insecta.


  • Spilosoma canescens (Butler, 1875) 
    Family: Arctiidae

    Synonym: Ardices canescens Butler, 1875. Common name: tiger moth.
  • Spilosoma glatignyi (Le Guillou, 1841) 
    Family: Arctiidae

    Synonyms: Ardices fulvohirta Walker, 1855, Ardices garida Swinhoe, 1892, Ardices glatignyi suffusa Rothschild, 1914, Chelonia glatignyi le Guillou, 1841, Chelonia pallida Doubleday, 1845, Diacrisia meridionalis Rothschild, 1910, Maenas fremantlei Strand, 1924, Spilosoma conferta Walker, 1865, Spilosoma.... Common name: woollybear caterpillar.
  • Spilostethus hospes (Fabricius, 1794) 
    Family: Lygaeidae

    Synonyms: Lygaeus affinis Wolff, 1802, Lygaeus hospes Fabricius, 1794, Lygaeus hospes celebensis Breddin, 1901, Lygaeus lanio Herrich-Schaeffer, 1843, Lygaeus squalidus Montrouzier, 1861. Common name: milkweed bug.
  • Spilostethus pacificus (Boisduval, 1835) 
    Family: Lygaeidae

    Synonym: Lygaeus pacificus Boisduval, 1835.
  • Spodoptera exempta (Walker, 1857) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis exempta Walker, 1857, Prodenia bipars Walker, 1857, Prodenia ingloria Walker, 1858, Prodenia metriodes Bethune-Baker, 1911. Common name: dayfeeding armyworm.
  • Spodoptera exigua (Hübner, 1808) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Caradrina flavimaculata Harvey, 1876, Caradrina junceti Zeller, 1847, Caradrina pygmaea Rambur, 1834, Caradrina sebghana Austaut, 1880, Caradrina venosa Butler, 1880, Douzdrina protector Laever, 1985, Laphygma antipodea Warren, 1914, Laphygma caradrinoides Walker, 1856, Noctua exigua Hübner,.... Common name: lesser armyworm.
  • Spodoptera frugiperda Smith & Abbot, 1797 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Common name: Fall armyworm.
  • Spodoptera litura (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Mamestra albisparsa Walker, 1862, Noctua elata Fabricius, 1781, Noctua histrionica Fabricius, 1775, Noctua litura Fabricius, 1775, Prodenia ciligera Guenée, 1852, Prodenia declinata Walker, 1857, Prodenia evanescens Butler, 1884, Prodenia glaucistriga Walker, 1856, Prodenia subterminalis.... Common name: cluster caterpillar.
  • Spodoptera mauritia (Boisduval, 1833) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis aliena Walker, 1865, Agrotis bisignata Walker, 1865, Agrotis transducta Walker, 1857, Agrotis yernauxi Hulstaert, 1924, Euxoa ogaswarensis Matsumura, 1926, Hadena mauritia Boisduval, 1833, Hadena obliqua Walker, 1865, Hermonassa formosana Matsumura, 1913, Laphygma squalida Walker, 1865,.... Common name: lawn armyworm.
  • Spoladea recurvalis (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Hydrocampa albifacialis Boisduval, 1833, Hydrocampa albifascialis Boisduval, 1833, Hymenia diffascialis Hübner, 1825, Hymenia exodias Meyrick, 1904, Phalaena (Pyralis) fascialis Stoll, 1782, Phalaena angustalis Fabricius, 1787, Phalaena recurvalis Fabricius, 1775, Phycis recurvella Zincken,.... Common name: Beet webworm.
  • Stathmopoda crocophanes Meyrick, 1897 
    Family: Oecophoridae

    Synonym: Stathmopoda crocophanes Lower, 1897.
  • Stegobium paniceum (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Ptinidae

    Synonym: Dermestes paniceus Linnaeus, 1758. Common names: bread beetle, biscuit beetle, Drugstore beetle.
  • Stenchaetothrips biformis (Bagnall, 1913) 
    Family: Thripidae

    Synonyms: Bagnallia biformis Bagnall, 1913, Plesiothrips o Girault, 1929.
  • Stenocatantops angustifrons (Walker, 1870) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Acridium angustifrons Walker, 1870, Acridium obtusa Walker, 1870, Catantops angustifrons Walker, Cyrtacanthacris nanula Walker, 1870, Cyrtacanthacris rubiginosa Walker, 1870.
  • Stenocatantops vitripennis (Sjöstedt, 1920) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Catantops australis Sjöstedt, 1920, Catantops vitripennis Sjöstedt, 1920.
  • Stenoderus suturalis (Olivier, 1795) 
    Family: Cerambycidae

    Synonyms: Cerambyx abbreviatus Fabricius, 1801, Cerambyx suturalis Oliver, 1795, Leptura ceramboides Kirby, 1819, Stenoderus dorsalis Boisduval, 1835, Stenoderus labiatus Pascoe, 1859. Common names: The stinking longicorn, Pascoe longicorn beetle.
  • Stenopisthes frenchi (Blackburn, 1894) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonym: Dilochrosis frenchi Blackburn, 1894.
  • Stephanitis pyrioides (Scott, 1874) 
    Family: Tingidae

    Synonyms: Stephanitis azaleae Horváth, 1905, Tingis pyrioides Scott, 1874. Common name: Azalea lacebug.
  • Sterculapion congestum Lea, 1910 
    Family: Brentidae

    Synonym: Apion congestum Lea, 1910.
  • Steriphus diversipes (Pascoe, 1870) 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonyms: Brexius diversipes Pascoe, 1870, Brexius lineatus Pascoe, 1873, Desiantha diversipes (Pascoe, 1870, Desiantha maculata Blackburn, 1890. Common name: Spotted vegetable weevil.

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BAM Act Definitions

Legal status

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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If the species you are interested in is not listed on WAOL you may request to have it assessed. Please contact the Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) on (08) 9368 3080 or email padis@dpird.wa.gov.au, and they will transfer you to the relevant person.