Western Australian Organism List

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A total of 39 results were found at 23:49 on 8th March 2021 when searching for Insecta.


  • Acheta domestica (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Gryllidae

    Synonyms: Acheta domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758), Acheta domesticus Harz 1969, Acheta melanocephalus Zacher 1917, Gryllus domesticus Linnaeus, 1758, Gryllus transversalis Walker, 1871. Common name: Crickets.
  • Aphelinus abdominalis (Dalman, 1820) 
    Family: Aphelinidae

    Synonyms: Agonioneurus basalis Westwood, 1833, Agonioneurus polycyclus Förster, 1861, Aphelinus (Aphelinus) abdominalis (Dalman, 1820), Aphelinus (Aphelinus) flavipes (Förster, 1841), Aphelinus (Entedon) abdominalis (Dalman), Aphelinus alius Yasnosh, 1963, Aphelinus basalis (Westwood, 1833), Aphelinus....
  • Bombyx mandarina 
    Family: Bombycidae

    Common name: Silkworms.
  • Castiarina dimidiata (Carter, 1908) 
    Family: Buprestidae

    Synonyms: Stigmodera dimidiata Carter, 1908, Stigmodera dorsalis Obenberger, 1922, Stigmodera leai fasciosa Obenberger, 1922.
  • Cigarrophasma tessellatum Brock & Hasenpusch, 2001 
    Family: Phasmatidae

    Common name: cigar stick insect.
  • Copris elphenor Klug, 1855 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

  • Ctenomorpha gargantua Hasenpusch & Brock, 2006 
    Family: Phasmatidae

    Common name: gargantuan stick-insect .
  • Dactylopius ceylonicus (Green, 1896) 
    Family: Dactylopiidae

    Synonyms: Coccus cacti ceylonicus Green, 1896, Coccus indicus Green, 1908, Dactylopius argentinus Dominguez, 1915. Common names: monacantha cochineal, devil's rope pear cochineal.
  • Dactylopius tomentosus (Lamark, 1801) 
    Family: Dactylopiidae

    Synonyms: Acanthococcus tomentosus Cockerell, 1893, Coccus tomentosus Lamark, 1801. Common name: tomentose cochineal scale.
  • Dalotia coriaria (Kraatz, 1856) 
    Family: Staphylinidae

    Synonyms: Atheta (Atheta) brachelytra Scheerpeltz, 1948, Atheta coriaria punctata Eichelbaum, 1913, Dimetrota (Dalotia) crucialis Casey, 1910, Dimetrota (Dalotia) pectorina Casey, 1910, Homalota australis Jekel, 1873, Homalota coriaria Kraatz, 1856, Homalota coriaria Miller, 1852, Homalota subcoriaria.... Common name: rove beetle.
  • Eueupithecia cisplatensis Prout, 1910 
    Family: Geometridae

  • Eueupithecia sp.2 
    Family: Geometridae

  • Geotrupes spiniger Marsham, 1802 
    Family: Geotrupidae

    Common name: Dung beetle.
  • Hierodula (Hierodula) majuscula (Tindale, 1923) 
    Family: Mantidae

    Synonym: Parhierodula majuscula Tindale, 1923. Common name: giant rainforest mantid.
  • Ibalia leucospoides (Hochenwarth, 1785) 
    Family: Ibaliidae

    Synonyms: Ibalia ensiger Norton, 1862, Ibalia gigantea Yoshimoto, 1970, Ibalia suprunenkoi Jacobson, 1891, Ichneumon cultellator Fabricius, 1793. Common name: sirex wasp biocontrol agent.
  • Larinus latus (Herbst, 1783) 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonyms: Curculio latus Herbst, 1783, Curculio mutabilis Host, 1789, Larinus cirsii Gyllenhal, 1835, Larinus costirostris Gyllenhal, 1835, Larinus latus (Herbst, 1873), Larinus subcostatus Brullé, 1832, Larinus teretirostris Gyllenhal, 1835. Common names: weevil, thistle seedhead weevil, onopordium seed weevil.
  • Leptomastix dactylopii Howard, 1885 
    Family: Encyrtidae

    Common names: citrus mealybug parasite, Parasitic wasp.
  • Liatongus militaris (Castelnau, 1840) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonym: Oniticellus militaris Castelnau & de Laporte, 1840. Common name: yellow shouldered dung beetle.
  • Megarhyssa nortoni (Cresson, 1864) 
    Family: Ichneumonidae

    Synonym: Rhyssa nortoni Cresson, 1864. Common name: sirex wasp biocontrol agent.
  • Megastigmus brevivalvus (Girault, 1926) 
    Family: Torymidae

    Synonym: Epimegastigmus brevivalvus Girault, 1926. Common name: citrus gall wasp parasite.

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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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