Prohibited Species List

Prohibited Nonnative Wildlife

Prohibited nonnative species are considered to be dangerous to the ecology and/or the health and welfare of the people of Florida. These species are not allowed to be personally possessed or used for commercial activities. Very limited exceptions may be made by permit from the Executive Director for research or for public exhibition by facilities that meet biosecurity criteria, although no exceptions are made for piranha and pirambeba; these two species are not allowed to be possessed by anyone at anytime.

Rules concerning prohibited nonnative species are found in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C.




Aquatic Invertebrates



Crayfish - Genus Cherax

Freshwater Aquatic Species


Electric catfishes- Family Malapteruridae, all species

African tigerfishes

Walking catfishes - Family Clariidae

Parasitic catfishes

Electric eel- Family Electrophoridae

Lampreys- Family Petromyzonidae

Piranhas & pirambebas- Subfamily Serrasalminae

Snakeheads- Family Channidae


Trahiras- Family Erythrinidae

Airsac catfishes- Family Heteropneustidae

Marine Species

Sea snakes - Family Hydrophiidae

Weever fishes- Family Trachinidae, all species


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