Some species that live in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are protected. You must not 'take' or 'possess' any protected species listed below in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park unless you have a Marine Parks permit.
Note: 'Take' includes removing, gathering, killing or interfering with, or attempting to take. 'Possess' means to have custody or control of. There may be special arrangements for Traditional Owners.
Scientific Name - Common name/s or examples
1 Family Tridacnidae (all species) - Giant clams
2 Cassis cornuta - Helmet shell
3 Charonia tritonis - Giant triton shell
4 Families Syngnathidae and Solenostomidae (all species) - Seahorses, pipefish, seadragons
4A Family Pristidae (all species) - Freshwater sawfish, green sawfish, dwarf sawfish, narrow sawfish
5 Epinephelus tukula - Potato rockcod
6 Epinephelus lanceolatus - Queensland groper
7 Cheilinus undulatus - Humphead Maori wrasse
8 Cromileptes altivelis - Barramundi cod
9 Rhincodon typus - Whale shark
10 Carcharias taurus - Greynurse shark
11 Carcharodon carcharias - White shark
11A Glyphis glyphis - Speartooth shark
12 Genus Crocodylus (all species) - Crocodiles
13 Families Hydrophiidae and Laticaudidae (all species) - Sea snakes
14 Family Cheloniidae (all species) - Green turtle, loggerhead turtle, olive ridley turtle, hawksbill turtle, flatback turtle
15 Family Dermochelyidae - Leatherback turtle
16 Class Aves (all species) - Birds
17 Families Otariidae and Phocidae (all species) - Seals
18 Dugong dugon - Dugong
19 Order Cetacea (all species) - Whales and dolphins
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