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A total of 47 results were found at 10:31 on 29th November 2020 when searching for nigra.


  • Alpinia nigra (Gaertn.) B.L.Burtt 
    Family: Zingiberaceae

  • Anatrachyntis simplex (Walsingham, 1891) 
    Family: Cosmopterigidae

    Synonyms: Amneris flexiloquella Riedl, 1993, Anatrachyntis flexiloquella (Riedl, 1993), Anatrachyntis gossypiella (Walsingham, 1906), Anatrachyntis hemizopha Meyrick, 1916, Anatrachyntis pernigra (Legrand, 1966), Pyroderces simplex Walsingham, 1891, Stagmatophora gossypiella Walsingham, 1906. Common name: Flower eating caterpillar.
  • Anemone smithiana Lauener & Panigrahi 
    Family: Ranunculaceae

  • Arkoola nigra J.M. Walter & Stovold 1986 
    Family: Venturiaceae

    Common name: black leaf blight (soybeans).
  • Aspergillus niger Tiegh. 1867

    Synonyms: Aspergillopsis nigra, Rhopalocystis nigra, Sterigmatocystis nigra. Common names: black mould, Stone brood (bees).
  • Ballota nigra L. 
    Family: Lamiaceae

    Common names: stinking horehound, schwarznessel, rød tandbæger, porro, hvid tandbæger, hunderot, black horehound, balota ãierna, ballote fétide.
  • Betula nigra L. 
    Family: Betulaceae

    Common names: river birch, red birch, black birch.
  • Brassica nigra (L.) W.D.J Koch 
    Family: Brassicaceae

    Common name: black mustard.
  • Cadmus (Cadmus) crucicollis (Boisduval, 1835) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonyms: Cadmus amplicollis Chapuis, 1879, Cadmus cinnamomeus Suffrian, 1859, Cadmus crucicollis Boisduval, Cryptocephalus crucicollis Boisduval, 1835, Prionopleura cruxnigra Saunders, 1846, Prionopleura flavocincta Saunders, 1846, Prionopleura hopei Saunders, 1846.
  • Cryptotympana atrata (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Cicadidae

    Synonyms: Cicada atrata, Cicada nigra Olivier, 1790, Cicada pustulata, Cryptotympana atrata castanea, Cryptotympana atrata fukienensis, Cryptotympana bubo, Cryptotympana coreanus Kato, 1925, Cryptotympana dubia Haupt, 1917, Cryptotympana dubia coreana, Cryptotympana.... Common name: blackish cicada.
  • Cyclosorus tylodes (Kunze) Panigrahi 
    Family: Thelypteridaceae

  • Dalbergia nigra (Vell.) Allemao ex Benth. 
    Family: Fabaceae - Papilionaceae

    Common names: Rio rosewood, Jacaranda de Bahia, Brazilian rosewood, Bahia rosewood.
  • Delias argenthona (Fabricius, 1793) 
    Family: Pieridae

    Synonyms: Delias argenthona balli Hulstaert, 1923, Delias argenthona insularis Rothschild, 1925, Delias seminigra Fruhstorfer, 1910, Papilio argenthona Fabricius, 1793, Pieris protocharis Boisduval, 1836, Thyca fragalactea Butler, 1869. Common name: Scarlet Jezebel.
  • Dianella nigra Colenso 
    Family: Liliaceae

    Common names: turutu, inkberry, New Zealand blueberry.
  • Echinopsis nigra Backeb. 
    Family: Cactaceae

  • Ephestia kuehniella Zeller, 1897 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Ephestia fuscofasciella Ragonot, 1887, Ephestia gitonella Druce, 1896, Ephestia kuehniella alba Roesler, 1965, Ephestia kuehniella nigra Roesler, 1965, Homoeosoma ischnomorpha Meyrick, 1931. Common names: mediterranean flour moth, Stored products pest.
  • Eucalyptus nigra R. T. Baker 
    Family: Myrtaceae

  • Frankliniella schultzei (Trybom, 1910) 
    Family: Thripidae

    Synonyms: Frankliniella aeschyli Girault, 1927, Frankliniella kellyana Kelly & Mayne, 1934, Frankliniella lycopersicae Andrewartha, 1937, Frankliniella schultzei nigra Moulton, 1948, Frankliniella trybomi Karny, 1920, Parafrankliniella nigripes Girault, 1928, Physopus schultzei Trybom, 1910. Common name: Tomato thrips.
  • Fritillaria nigra Mill. 
    Family: Liliaceae

  • Geochelone elephantopus 
    Family: Testudinidae

    Synonym: Geochelone nigra. Common name: Galapagos Tortoise.

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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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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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