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Table 3.
Percent abundance of northern Gulf of Mexico lionfish prey species identified by student DNA barcoding, with family, species, and common name.
TaxonPercent Abundance
Carangidae 27.5% 
Decapterus punctatus (round scad) 24.8% 
Trachurus lathami (rough scad) 2.8% 
Gobiidae 0.5% 
Microgobius carri (Seminole goby) 0.5% 
Labridae 11.9% 
Halichoeres caudalis (painted wrasse) 4.6% 
Xyrichtys novacula (pearly razorfish) 7.3% 
Lutjanidae 34.9% 
Lutjanus campechanus (red snapper) 4.1% 
Pristipomoides aquilonaris (wenchman) 0.5% 
Rhomboplites aurorubens (vermilion snapper) 30.3% 
Paralichthyidae 0.9% 
Syacium papillosum (dusky flounder) 0.9% 
Pomacentridae 2.3% 
 Unknown Chromis 2.3% 
Priacanthidae 0.5% 
Pristigenys alta (short bigeye) 0.5% 
Scorpaneidae 16.5% 
Pterois volitans (red lionfish) 16.5% 
Serranidae 1.8% 
Centropristis ocyurus (bank seabass) 0.9% 
 Unknown Serraniculus 0.9% 
Synodontidae 1.4% 
Synodus poeyi (offshore lizardfish) 1.4% 
Triglidae 0.5% 
 Unknown Triglidae 0.5% 
TaxonPercent Abundance
Carangidae 27.5% 
Decapterus punctatus (round scad) 24.8% 
Trachurus lathami (rough scad) 2.8% 
Gobiidae 0.5% 
Microgobius carri (Seminole goby) 0.5% 
Labridae 11.9% 
Halichoeres caudalis (painted wrasse) 4.6% 
Xyrichtys novacula (pearly razorfish) 7.3% 
Lutjanidae 34.9% 
Lutjanus campechanus (red snapper) 4.1% 
Pristipomoides aquilonaris (wenchman) 0.5% 
Rhomboplites aurorubens (vermilion snapper) 30.3% 
Paralichthyidae 0.9% 
Syacium papillosum (dusky flounder) 0.9% 
Pomacentridae 2.3% 
 Unknown Chromis 2.3% 
Priacanthidae 0.5% 
Pristigenys alta (short bigeye) 0.5% 
Scorpaneidae 16.5% 
Pterois volitans (red lionfish) 16.5% 
Serranidae 1.8% 
Centropristis ocyurus (bank seabass) 0.9% 
 Unknown Serraniculus 0.9% 
Synodontidae 1.4% 
Synodus poeyi (offshore lizardfish) 1.4% 
Triglidae 0.5% 
 Unknown Triglidae 0.5% 
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