Marine pest identification cards
These identification cards will help you identify marine pests. They show the identifying features of particular pests and where you are likely to find them. They also help you distinguish pests from local native species that may have a similar appearance.
The information contained in the pest identification cards can also be viewed in html.
Pests already present in Australia
These are pests that you might find in your local waterway. Check out the interactive map to find out if any of these pests are in your local area.
If you sight any of these pests in areas not shown on the map or on the card, please report it to your local marine authority.
- Aquarium caulerpa (Caulerpa taxifolia) PDF [442kb]
- Asian bag or date mussel (Musculista senhousia) PDF [410kb]
- European fan worm (Sabella spallanzani) PDF [391kb]
- European green shore crab (Carcinus maenas) PDF [614kb]
- European or basket shell clam (Varicorbula gibba) PDF [388kb]
- Japanese seaweed/wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) PDF [405kb]
- New Zealand screwshell (Maoricolpus roseus) PDF [411kb]
- Northern Pacific seastar (Asterias amurensis) PDF [411kb]
Pests not yet in Australia
The following pests have not yet established in Australia. If you see any of these pests, please report it immediately to your local authority. You may prevent a new pest from establishing in Australian waters.
- American slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) PDF [358kb]
- Asian basket clam (Corbula amurensis) PDF [340kb]
- Asian green mussel (Perna viridis) PDF [358kb]
- Asian shore crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus) PDF [370kb]
- Black striped mussel (Mytilopsis sallei) PDF [410kb]
- Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) PDF 354kb]
- Lady crab (Charybdis japonica) PDF [377kb]
- Rapa whelk (Rapana venosa) PDF [377kb]
- Soft shell or long-necked clam (Mya arenaria) PDF [358kb]