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Type: Journal article
Title: An annotated list of fish parasites (Copepoda, Monogenea, Digenea, Cestoda and Nematoda) collected from Emperors and Emperor Bream (Lethrinidae) in New Caledonia further highlights parasite biodiversity estimates on coral reef fish
Author: Justine, J.
Beveridge, I.
Boxshall, G.
Bray, R.
Moravec, F.
Whittington, I.
Citation: Zootaxa, 2010; 2691(2691):1-40
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1175-5326
1175-5334
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Jean-Lou Justine, Ian Beveridge, Geoffrey A. Boxshall, Rod A. Bray, František Moravec & Ian D. Whittington
Abstract: Parasites were collected from 17 species of emperors and emperor bream (Lethrinidae) in the waters off New Caledonia, South Pacific. Host-parasite and parasite-hosts lists are provided, with a total of 188 host-parasite combinations (11 per fish species), including 81 identifications at the species level. A total of 52 parasites were identified at the species level, and 40 new host records were found. Results are presented for larval isopods, copepods (16 species), monogeneans (24), digeneans (27), cestodes (11) and nematodes (10). When results were restricted to the four best-sampled fish species for which more than 30 specimens were examined, the number of host-parasite combinations was 22.25 per fish species, and the number of parasite taxa identified at the species level was 9.5 per fish species. From these data, the total number of metazoan parasite species predicted from all lethrinid species of New Caledonia, based on a classification of fish sizes using length in three categories, is 340, i.e. 13 per fish species. A biogeographical comparison with Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef (Queensland, Australia) was possible only for a single fish species, Lethrinus miniatus: in a total of 65 host-parasite combinations, only five taxa identified at the species level (three monogeneans and two digeneans) were shared at both localities. Parasite biodiversity in lethrinids was of similar magnitude to that in groupers (Serranidae Epinephelinae) in the same area, and this study confirms a previous prediction of 10 parasite species per coral reef fish species. Although this study required significant sampling and identification, we estimate that only 13% of the parasites of lethrinids are known in New Caledonia.
Keywords: fish
new host records
new geographical records
inventory
biogeography
South Pacific
Rights: Copyright © 2010 · Magnolia Press
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.2691.1.1
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP0556780
Published version: http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/list/2010/2691.html
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