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Table 4 Parasite biodiversity in reef-associated families: lutjanids and nemipterids compared with lethrinids and serranids, and a calculation on all four families

From: An annotated list of fish parasites (Isopoda, Copepoda, Monogenea, Digenea, Cestoda, Nematoda) collected from Snappers and Bream (Lutjanidae, Nemipteridae, Caesionidae) in New Caledonia confirms high parasite biodiversity on coral reef fish

Family or group   All data Well-sampled   All data Well- sampled
Lutjanidae, reef-associated HPCs 81 20 HPCs mean 10.13 20.00
(All data: 8 species*; well-sampled: 1 species**) SLIPs 25 9 SLIPs mean 3.13 9.00
Nemipteridae HPCs 42 25 HPCs mean 14.00 25.00
(All data: 3 species*; well-sampled: 1 species**) SLIPs 15 13 SLIPs mean 5.00 13.00
Lethrinidae HPCs 188 89 HPCs mean 11.06 22.25
(All data: 17 species; well-sampled: 4 species) SLIPs 42 38 SLIPs mean 2.47 9.50
Serranidae HPCs 337 136 HPCs mean 12.04 19.43
(All data: 28 species; well-sampled: 7 species) SLIPs 75 74 SLIPs mean 2.68 10.57
Four families of reef-associated fish HPCs 648 270 HPCs mean 11.57 20.77
(All data: 56 species; well-sampled: 13 species)*** SLIPs 148 125 SLIPs mean 2.64 9.62
  1. *: species with only anecdotal data (see Table 1) were excluded from these calculations.
  2. ** species sampled over 30: Lutjanidae, only Lutjanus vitta (n = 42); Nemipteridae, only Nemipterus furcosus (n = 239).
  3. *** SLIPs for all four families are not a simple addition of SLIPs for each families, because a few taxa are shared. These include only the digenean Stephanostomum japonocasum (shared by 2 fish families), and the four trypanorhynchs C. gracilis (shared by 4 families), F. minacanthus, Ps. heroniensis and Ny. goreensis (shared by 2–3 families).