List of noxious fish

Noxious fish are species that could pose significant environmental and economic risks in the Northern Territory (NT).

If you see a noxious fish you must report it to NT Fisheries. Read how to report aquatic pests.

Noxious fish threaten native species, ecosystems, human health and industries that rely on our aquatic environment.

It is illegal to import noxious fish into the NT. 

You can be fined up to $20,000 for importing or possessing a species on the below noxious fish list.

You must not import or possess any of the following noxious fish.

Family Scientific name Common name

Acestrorhynchidae

Acestrorhynchus microlepis

-

Acipenseridae

Acipenser baerii baerii
Acipenser baerii baicalensis
Acipenser brevirostrum
Acipenser dabryanus
Acipenser fulvescens
Acipenser gueldenstaedtii
Acipenser medirostris
Acipenser mikadoi
Acipenser multiscutatus
Acipenser naccarii
Acipenser nudiventris
Acipenser oxyrinchus destotoi
Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus
Acipenser persicus
Acipenser ruthenus
Acipenser schrenckii
Acipenser sinensis
Acipenser stellatus
Acipenser sturio
Acipenser transmontanus
Huso huso

Siberian sturgeon
Baikal sturgeon
Shortnose sturgeon
Yangtze sturgeon
Lake sturgeon
Russian sturgeon
Green sturgeon
Sakhalin sturgeon
Japanese sturgeon
Adriatic sturgeon
Fringebarbel sturgeon
Gulf sturgeon
Atlantic sturgeon
Persian sturgeon
Sterlet
Amur sturgeon
Chinese sturgeon
Starry sturgeon
European sturgeon
White sturgeon
Beluga

Alestiidae

Hydrocynus spp

Pike characin, giant tigerfish

Amiidae

Amia calva

Bowfin

Anabantidae

Anabas testudineus

Climbing perch

Bagridae

Anaspidoglanis macrostoma
Bagrus ubangensis

Flatnose catfish
Ubangi shovelnose catfish

Cambaridae

Procambarus clarkii

Red swamp crayfish

Centrarchidae

entire family

Banded sunfish, spotted sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill

Centropomidae

Centropomus
Lates microlepis
Lates niloticus

Snooks
Forktail lates
Nile perch

Chacidae

Chaca bankanensis
Chaca burmensis
Chaca chaca

Angler catfish
Burmensis frogmouth catfish
Angler catfish, frogmouth catfish, squarehead catfish

Channidae

Channa spp

Snake head

Characidae

Colossoma spp
Pygocentrus spp
Pygopristis spp
Serrasalmus spp

-
Red piranha
Piranha
Redeye piranha

Cichlidae

Boulengerochromis microlepis
Hemichromis fasciatus
Hypselecara spp
Melanotheron melanotheron
Oreochromis spp
Sargochromis spp

Sarotherodon spp
Serranochromis spp
Tilapia spp

Giant cichlid, yellow belly cichlid
Banded jewelfish
Chocolate cichlid
Blackchin tilapia
Tilapia
Pink, slender, greenwoods, mortimers, cunean, green happy
Tilapia
-
Tilapia, spotted tilapia, mouthbreeder

Citharinidae

Ichthyborinae (syn. Distichodontinae) entire subfamily

African pike-characin, tubenose poacher, fin eater

Clariidae

entire family

Snake catfish, walking catfish

Cobitidae

Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

Weatherloach

Cyprinidae

Aristichthys nobilis
Barbodes hexagonolepis
Barbonymus schwanenfeldii
Catla catla
Catlocarpio siamensis
Cirrhinus cirrhosus
Ctenopharyngodon idella
Cyprinus carpio
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
Labeo calbasu
Labeo rohita
Notropis spp
Phoxinus erythrogaster
Tor spp

Bighead carp
Copper mahseer
Tinfoil barb
Catla
Giant barb
Mrigal
Grass carp
European carp
Silver carp
Orange fin labeo
Rohu
Shiners
Southern redbelly dace
River carp, Deccan, high backed, jungha, putitor, Thai mahseer

 

Zacco platypus

Freshwater minnow

Doradidae

Oxydoras spp

Ripsaw catfish, black doras, black shielded catfish

Elassomatidae

Elassoma spp

Pygmy sunfish

Eleotridae

Allomogurnda nesolepis
Dormitator latifrons
Dormitator maculatus
Gobiomorphus gobioides
Gobiomorphus huttoni
Gobiomorus dormitor
Gobiomorus maculatus
Hypseleotris cyprinoides
Hypseleotris tohizonae
Oxyeleotris heterodon
Oxyeleotris marmorata
Oxyeleotris siamensis
Oxyeleotris urophthalmoides
Oxyeleotris urophthalmus

Yellowbelly gudgeon
Pacific fat sleeper
Fat sleeper
Giant bully
Redfin bully
Bigmouth sleeper
Pacific sleeper
Tropical carp-gudgeon
-
Sentani gudgeon
Marble goby
-
-
-

Erythrinidae

Erythrinus spp
Hoplerythrinus spp
Hoplias spp

Trahiras
-
-

Esocidae

Esox spp

Pikes

Gasterosteidae

Apeltes quadracus
Culaea inconstans
Pungitius pungitius

Four spined stickleback
-
Ninespine stickleback

Gobiidae

Acanthogobius flavimanus
Tridentiger trigonocephalus

Yellow fin goby
Trident goby

Gymnarchidae

Gymnarchus niloticus

Aba aba

Gymnotidae

Electrophorus electricus

Electric eel

Hepsetidae

Hepsetus odoe

African pike

Heteropneustidae

Heteropneustes fossilis

Stinging catfish

Ictaluridae

Ictalurus punctatus

Channel catfish

Lebiasinidae

Lebiasina bimaculata

Twospot lebiasina

Lepidosirenidae

Lepidosiren paradoxa

South American lungfish

Lepisosteidae

Atractosteus spp
Lepisosteus spp

Alligator gar, tropical gar, Cuban gar
Spotted gar, longnose gar, shortnose gar, Florida gar

Malapteruridae

Malapterurus spp

Electric catfish

Mormyridae

Mormyrops anguilloides

Bottlenose, Cornish jack

Pangasiidae

Pangasianodon hypophthalmus
Pangasius conchophilus
Pangasius elongatus
Pangasius gigas
Pangasius krempfi  - Mekong
Pangasius kunyit
Pangasius larnaudii
Pangasius macronema - Spot
Pangasius nasutus
Pangasius nieuwenhuisii
Pangasius pangasius

Sutchi catfish
-
-
Mekong giant catfish
-
-
Spot pangasius
-
-
-
Yellowtailed catfish

Poeciliidae

Alfaro cultratus
Alfaro huberi
Belonesox belizanus
Gambusia spp
Heterandria bimaculata
Tomeurus gracilis

Knife-edged livebearer
-
Pike minnow, pike killifish
Gambusia, mosquito fish
Twospot livebearer
-

Polyodontidae

Polyodon spathula
Psephurus gladius

Mississippi paddlefish
Chinese swordfish

Polypteridae

Erpetoichthys calabaricus

Reedfish

Potamotrygonidae

Paratrygon aiereba

Discus ray

Protopteridae

Protopterus aethiopicus
Protopterus amphibius
Protopterus annectens
Protopterus dolloi

Marbled lungfish
Gilled lungfish
African lungfish
Slender lungfish

Rivulidae

Leptolebias aureoguttatus
Leptolebias marmoratus
Leptolebias minimus
Leptolebias opalescens

-
Marbled pearlfish
Barred tail pearlfish
Opal pearlfish

Schilbeidae

Schilbe intermedius
Schilbe marmoratus
Schilbe mystus

Silver catfish
Shoulderspot catfish
African butter catfish

Siluridae

Silurus spp

European catfish, wels catfish

Trichomycteridae

Paravandellia oxyptera

Parasitic catfish

Valenciidae

Valencia hispanica

Valencia toothcarp

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Last updated: 13 October 2017