Painted sweetlips

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Painted sweetlips
Diagramma pictum JNC1848.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Haemulidae
Subfamily: Plectorhinchinae
Genus: Diagramma
Species: D. pictum
Binomial name
Diagramma pictum
(Thunberg, 1792)
Three boiled fillets of painted sweetlips on a plate.

The painted sweetlips or slate sweetlips, Diagramma pictum, is a species of marine fish in the family Haemulidae.[1] It is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific region, Red Sea included.[2] This species reaches a length of 100 cm (39 in), but common size is 55 cm (22 in).[3]
As other fish, the painted sweetlips is the host of many parasites. These include the lepocreadiid digenean Holorchis castex and the monorchiid digenean Lasiotocus plectorhynchi in the intestine[4] and the cystidicolid nematode Metabronemoides mirabilis in the stomach.[5]


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  4. ^ Bray, R. A. & Justine, J.-L. 2007: Holorchis castex n. sp. (Digenea: Lepocreadiidae) from the painted sweet-lips Diagramma pictum (Thunberg, 1792) (Perciformes: Haemulidae) from New Caledonia. Zootaxa, 1426, 51-56.
  5. ^ Moravec, F. E.; Justine, J. L. (2010). "Two new genera and species of cystidicolids (Nematoda, Cystidicolidae) from marine fishes off New Caledonia". Parasitology International. 59 (2): 198–205. PMID 20129064. doi:10.1016/j.parint.2010.01.005. 

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