Pest Collections & Databases

Pest Collections & Databases


Listed below are Australian insect and fungal collections that may prove useful as reference sources for identification of pests and pathogens affecting eucalypt species.

The Australian National Insect Collection is recognised both nationally and internationally as a major research collection. It is the world’s largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, nematodes and centipedes, housing over 12 million specimens.

The Insect Collection database (ICDb) is a catalogue of the Department of Agriculture and Food Insect Reference Collection (about 200 000 specimens). Every day specimen details are entered into ICDb including a digital image.

NSW DPI Biosecurity Collections hold over half a million preserved scientific specimens. They have two collections:


Databases & Online Catalogues

Listed below are various databases that may be of use in the identification of pests and pathogens affecting eucalypt species.

  • Australian National Insect Collection Database
    The ANIC database currently contains records of more than 410 000 specimens from over 40 000 sites across Australia and nearby regions. This however is only a small portion of the 11 million specimens held in the collection.
  • PaDIL – Pests and Diseases Image Library
    Catalogue of high-quality colour diagnostic images and information on pests and diseases. Both, species already present in Australia and exotic threatening species are shown.
  • Australian Faunal Directory
    The Australian Faunal Directory (AFD) is an online catalogue of taxonomic and biological information on all animal species known to occur within Australia and its territories.
  • What Bug is That?
    What Bug Is That? provides identification keys and information to the 600+ insect families of Australia.
  • CSIRO Australian insect common names (AICN)
    For the first time images and large-scale distribution maps accompany the names of arthropods and their relatives. This is indeed ‘work in progress’, but a consolidated resource whose value will increase with time, as the website is revised and updated.
  • WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Invertebrate Reference Collection Database (ICDb)
    The Insect Collection database (ICDb) is a catalogue of the Department of Agriculture and Food Insect Reference Collection (about 200 000 specimens).
  • Interactive Catalogue of Australian Fungi (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne)
    The Interactive Catalogue of Australian Fungi (ICAF) provides the currently accepted name and synonyms of species of fungi in selected groups described or reported from Australia to 2004. ICAF covers macrofungi in the Basidiomycota and Myxomycota, including mushrooms, boletes, polypores, coral fungi, stinkhorns, puffballs, false truffles and slime moulds.
  • fungimap
    Stimulates and supports the study of Australian macrofungi through the accumulation, storage, analysis and dissemination of information about fungi.