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The criteria for declaring a species as endangered are if:

  • there have not been thorough searches conducted for the wildlife and the wildlife has not been seen in the wild over a period that is appropriate for the life cycle or form of the wildlife; or
  • the habitat or distribution of the wildlife has been reduced to an extent that the wildlife may be in danger of extinction; or
  • the population size of the wildlife has declined, or is likely to decline, to an extent that the wildlife may be in danger of extinction; or
  • the survival of the wildlife in the wild is unlikely if a threatening process continues.

The Governor in Council may classify a species as endangered by amending the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006 where the above criteria under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) have been met.

Amphibians (13 species)

Common name Scientific name
Australian lacelid Litoria dayi
Common mistfrog Litoria rheocola
Eungella dayfrog Taudactylus eungellensis
Fleay's barred frog Mixophyes fleayi
Giant barred frog Mixophyes iteratus
Kroombit tinkerfrog Taudactylus pleione
Kroombit treefrog Litoria kroombitensis
Kuranda treefrog Litoria myola
Little waterfall frog Litoria lorica
Mountain mistfrog Litoria nyakalensis
Northern gastric brooding frog Rheobatrachus vitellinus
Northern tinkerfrog Taudactylus rheophilus
Waterfall frog Litoria nannotis

Birds (29 species)

Common name Scientific name
Australasian bittern  
Australian painted snipe Rostratula australis
Black-throated finch (white-rumped subspecies) Poephila cincta cincta
Buff-breasted button-quail Turnix olivii
Carpentarian grasswren Amytornis dorotheae
Coxen's fig parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni
Crimson finch (white-bellied subspecies) Neochmia phaeton evangelinae
Curlew sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Eastern bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus
Eastern curlew Numenius madagascariensis
Golden-shouldered parrot Psephotus chrysopterygius
Gouldian finch Erythrura gouldiae
Great knot Calidris tenuirostris
Grey grasswren (Bulloo) Amytornis barbatus barbatus
Grey-headed albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma 
Herald petrel Pterodroma heraldica
Lesser sand plover Charadrius mongolus
New Caledonian fairy tern Sternula nereis exsul
Night parrot Pezoporus occidentalis
Northern Siberian bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica menzbieri
Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatas 
Red goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus
Red knot Calidris canutus
Regent honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia
Southern cassowary (southern population)

Casuarius casuarius johnsonii

(southern population)

Southern giant-petrel Macronectes giganteus
Star finch (eastern subspecies) Neochmia ruficauda ruficauda
Swift parrot Lathamus discolor
Yellow chat (Dawson) Epthianura crocea macgregori

Invertebrates (6 species)

Common name Scientific name
Australian fritillary butterfly Argyreus hyperbius inconstans
Bulloak jewel butterfly Hypochrysops piceata
A moth Trisyntopa scatophaga
A crayfish Tenuibranchiurus glypticus
Boggomoss snail Adclarkia dawsonensis
A snail Adclarkia dulacca

Fish (4 species)

Common name Scientific name
Edgbaston goby Chlamydogobius squamigenus
Elizabeth Springs goby Chlamydogobius micropterus
Greynurse shark Carcharias taurus
Redfin blue eye Scaturiginichthys vermeilipinnis

Mammals (17 species)

Common name Scientific name
Bare-rumped sheathtail bat Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus
Black-tailed antechinus Antechinus arktos
Bridled nailtail wallaby Onychogalea fraenata
Dusky hopping-mouse Notomys fuscus
Ghost bat Macroderma gigas
Greater bilby Macrotis lagotis
Greater large-eared horseshoe bat Rhinolophus philippinensis
Julia Creek dunnart Sminthopsis douglasi
Mahogany glider Petaurus gracilis
Northern bettong Bettongia tropica
Northern hairy-nosed wombat Lasiorhinus krefftii
Plains rat Pseudomys australis
Proserpine rock-wallaby Petrogale persephone
Semon's leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros semoni
Silver-headed antechinus Antechnius argentus
Spectacle flying-fox Pteropus conspicillatus
Spotted-tailed quoll (northern subspecies) Dasyurus maculatus gracilis

Reptiles (13 species)

Common name Scientific name
Allan's lerista Lerista allanae
Condamine earless dragon Tympanocryptis condaminensis
Grey snake Hemiaspis damelii
Gulbaru gecko Phyllurus gulbaru
Gympie broad-tailed gecko Phyllurus kabikabi
Hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata
Leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea
Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta
Long-legged worm-skink Anomalopus mackayi
Mary River turtle Elusor macrurus
Nangur skink Nangura spinosa
Olive ridley turtle (Pacific ridley) Lepidochelys olivacea
Southern snapping turtle Elseya albagula


There are 225 species of plants that are listed as endangered under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

The complete list of endangered plants can be found in the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006.

Last updated
20 September 2019