Western Australian Organism List

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A total of 57 results were found at 18:05 on 13th April 2024 when searching for Noctuidae.


  • Achaea janata (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Achaea melicertella Gaede, 1938, Achaea melicertoides Gaede, 1938, Catocala traversii Fereday, 1877, Noctua cyathina Macleay, 1826, Noctua tigrina Fabricius, 1775, Ophiusa ekeikei Bethune-Baker, 1906, Phalaena janata Linnaeus, 1758, Phalaena melicerta Drury, 1773, Phalaena melicerte Moore, 1885. Common name: caster oil looper.
  • Adisura marginalis (Walker, 1858) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Adisura dulcis Moore, 1881, Adisura purgata Warren, 1913, Adisura similis Moore, 1881, Anthophila marginalis Walker, 1858, Heliothis delicia Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874. Common name: new pod borer.
  • Agrotis emboloma (Lower, 1918) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis cygnea Common, 1958, Ariathisa emboloma Lower, 1918.
  • Agrotis infusa (Boisduval, 1832) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis cordata Walker, 1857, Agrotis spina Guenee, 1852, Agrotis vastator Scott, 1869, Mamestra nitida Walker, 1865, Mamestra tenebrosa Walker, 1865, Noctua infusa Boisduval, 1832. Common names: common cutworm, bogong moth.
  • Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis aureolum Schaus, 1898, Agrotis bipars Walker, 1857, Agrotis frivola Wallergren, 1860, Agrotis pepoli Bertolini, 1874, Agrotis telifera Harris, 1841, Bombyx spinula Esper, 1786, Noctua suffusa Denis & SchifferMüller, 1775, Nocuta aneituma Walker, 1865, Phalaena (Bombyx) idonea Cramer,.... Common name: Black cutworm.
  • Agrotis munda Walker, 1857 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis injuncta Walker, 165, Agrotis scapularis Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874, Agrotis turbelenta Walker, 1865, Mamestra basinotata Walker, 1858. Common name: brown cutworm.
  • Agrotis poliophaea Turner, 1926 
    Family: Noctuidae

  • Agrotis poliotis (Hampson, 1903) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis bromeana Aurivillius, 1920, Euxoa perfusa Warren, 1912, Euxoa poliotis Hampson, 1903.
  • Agrotis porphyricollis Guenee, 1852 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis baueri Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874, Agrotis dorsicinis Walker, 1858, Agrotis porphyricollis Guenée, 1852, Agrotis recondita Walker, 1857, Agrotis rubrilinea Walker, 1857, Agrotis transversa Walker, 1869, Elegarda orthosioides Walker, 1865, Elegarda summa Walker, 1865, Graphiphora ctenota....
  • Anomis flava (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Anomis serrata Barnes & McDunnough, 1913, Cirroedia edentata Walker, 1857, Cirroedia variolosa Walker, 1857, Cosmophila aurantiaca Prittwitz, 1867, Cosmophila indica Guenée, 1852, Cosmophila xanthindyma Boisduval, 1833, Noctua flava Fabricius, 1775, Noctua sigmatizans Fabricius, 1775, Xanthia.... Common names: cotton semi-looper, cotton looper.
  • Anomis involuta (Walker, 1858) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Anomis brima Swinhoe, 1920, Cosmophila dona Swinhoe, 1919, Gonitis basalis Walker, 1858, Gonitis involuta Walker, 1858, Gonitis vitiensis Butler, 1886, Tiridata colligata Walker, 1865. Common name: jute semi-looper.
  • Anomis planalis (Swinhoe, 1902) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Anomis microphrica Turner, 1933, Antarchaea chionosticha Turner, 1932, Antarchaea chionosticta Atherton, 1932, Churia thermodes Lower, 1903, Molopa planalis Swinhoe, 1902. Common name: common cotton looper.
  • Apina callisto (Angas, 1847) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agarista callisto Angas, 1847, Amazela calisto Boisduval, 1874, Apina callisto Walker, 1855. Common name: pasture day moth.
  • Athetis maculatra (Lower, 1902) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonym: Caradrina maculatra Lower, 1902.
  • Athetis reclusa (Walker, 1862) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Amphipyra agrotoides Snellen, 1880, Caradrina insignifica Bethune-Baker, 1906, Elydna sparna Wileman & West, 1929, Prodenia reclusa Walker, 1862.
  • Athetis striolata (Butler, 1886) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Caradrina acallis Turner, 1903, Caradrina striolata Butler, 1886.
  • Athetis tenuis (Butler, 1886) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonym: Radingoes tenuis Butler, 1886.
  • Australothis rubrescens (Walker, 1858) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Chloridea aresca Turner, 1911, Chloridea caesia Warren, 1913, Chloridea rufa Warren, 1913, Heliothis hyperchroa Turner,1920, Thalpophila rubrescens Walker, 1858. Common name: Indian weed caterpillar.
  • Bathytricha truncata (Walker, 1856) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Leucania truncata Walker, 1856, Nonagria exitiosa Olliff, 1893. Common name: cane moth borer.
  • Brithys crini (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Bombyx crini Fabricius, 1775, Brithys nipponica Matsumura, 1931, Brithys vertenteni Hulstaert, 1924, Phalaena dominica Cramer, 1782.

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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.