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A total of 248 results were found at 21:07 on 19th June 2024 when searching for Scarabaeidae.


  • Acrossidius tasmaniae Hope, 1847 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Aphodius andersoni Blackburn, 1904, Aphodius australasiae Blanchard, 1846, Aphodius howitti Hope, 1847, Aphodius longitarsus Redtenbacher, 1867, Aphodius pallidihirtus Balthasar, 1941, Aphodius tasmaniae Hope, 1847. Common name: Blackheaded Pasture Cockchafer.
  • Adoretus (Adoretus) tessulatus Burmeister, 1855 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonym: Adoretus maculatus Fahraeus, 1857. Common name: Pineapple white grub.
  • Adoretus (Adoretus) versutus Harold, 1869 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Adoretus bangalorensis Brenske, 1900, Adoretus insularis Fairmaire, 1897, Adoretus vestitus Boheman, 1858, Adoretus vitiensis Nonfried, 1891. Common name: rose beetle.
  • Adoretus (ChaetAdoretus) lasiopygus Burmeister, 1855 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Common name: Grapevine chafer.
  • Adoretus (LepAdoretus) compressus (Weber, 1801) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Adoretus squamosus Gautier, 1870, Adoretus ubonensis Miyake, Yamaguchi & Aoki, 2002, Adoretus umbrosus Burmeister, 1844, Melolontha compressus Weber, 1801. Common name: Rose beetle.
  • Adoretus (LepAdoretus) sinicus Burmeister, 1855 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Common names: Scarab, Flower beetle, Chinese rose beetle.
  • Adoretus (LepAdoretus) tenuimaculatus Waterhouse, 1875 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Common names: Scarab, Flower beetle, Brown chestnut chafer.
  • Adoryphorus coulonii (Burmeister, 1847) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonym: Dasygnathus coulonii Burmeister, 1847. Common name: Redheaded Pasture Cockchafer.
  • Aegus jansoni Boileau, 1905 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonym: Aegus subbasilis Lea, 1914.
  • Amadotrogus vicinus (Mulsant, 1842) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Rhizotrogus transfuga Burmeister, 1855, Rhizotrogus vicinus Mulsant, 1842, Rhizotrogus vicinus pallipennis Mulsant, 1842. Common name: scarab beetle.
  • Amphimallon majale (Razoumowsky, 1789) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Amphimallon korbi Reitter, 1894, Amphimallus majalis pellitulus Reitter, 1902, Melolontha semirufa Gyllenhal, 1817, Scarabaeus majale Razoumowsky, 1789. Common name: European chafer.
  • Anisopila austriaca Hbst 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Common name: Wheat chafer.
  • Anomala albopilosa (Hope, 1839) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonym: Euchlora albopilosa Hope, 1839. Common name: Sugarcane white grub.
  • Anomala albopilosa albopilosa Hope, 1839 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Common name: Cane white grubs.
  • Anomala antiqua (Gyllenhal, 1817) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Anomala australasiae Blackburn, 1892, Melolontha antiqua Gyllenhal, 1817. Common name: Groundnut chafer.
  • Anomala corpulenta Motschulsky, 1854 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Anomala gottschei Kolbe, 1886, Anomala pallidiventris Gautier, 1872, Anomala planarae Fairmaire, 1891. Common name: scarab beetle.
  • Anomala cuprea (Hope, 1839) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Common name: oriental beetle.
  • Anomala cupripes (Hope, 1839) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Anomala (Euchlora) cupripes coerulescens Ohaus, 1915, Anomala (Euchlora) cupripes rufina Chujo, 1940, Euchlora cupripes Hope, 1839, Euporochlora viridis Reitter, 1903. Common name: Large green shafer beetle.
  • Anomala rufocuprea Motschulsky, 1860 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Anomala rufocuprea castanipennis Ohaus, 1915, Anomala rufocuprea hachijoensis Nomura, 1969, Anomala rufocuprea violacea Ohaus, 1915, Anomala rufocuprea viridiaenea Ohaus, 1915, Anomala rufocuprea viridicuprea Ohaus, 1915. Common name: soybean beetle.
  • Anomala varians (Olivier, 1789) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Melolontha elata Fabricius, 1792, Melolontha varians Olivier, 1789. Common name: cockhafer of the plains.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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