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Table 2 Summary of core and accessory bacterial phyla in higher and lower termite gut communities present at >1% relative abundance in at least one sample

From: A molecular survey of Australian and North American termite genera indicates that vertical inheritance is the primary force shaping termite gut microbiomes

  Higher Lower  
Phylum a Prevalence Relative abundance Prevalence Relative abundance p values
  % % (SD) % % (SD)  
Bacteroidetes 100.0 6.3 (±5.0) 100.0 41.3 (±24.8) ***
Firmicutes 100.0 24.0 (±14.1) 100.0 19.1 (±11.6) _
Spirochaetes 100.0 44.3 (±18.9) 100.0 13.2(±13.0) ***
Proteobacteria 100.0 5.5 (±2.7) 100.0 7.5 (±6.5) _
Planctomycetes 100.0 4.3 (±4.4) 79.1 2.3 (±2.6) _
Synergistetes 95.2 3.1 (±3.0) 95.8 1.0 (±0.6) _
Actinobacteria 92.9 1.8 (±1.8) 87.5 2.3 (±2.1) _
Acidobacteria 90.5 2.0 (±1.3) 45.8 <1 (±0.8) ***
Fibrobacteres 95.2 5.7 (±5.2) 12.5 <1 (±1.1) ***
Elusimicrobia 31.0 <1 (±0.2) 70.8 8.4 (±15.3) _
  1. Prevalence and average relative abundance (and standard deviation) of each phylum in each group is shown. Statistically significant differences between phyla in higher and lower termites are indicated in the final column (see also Additional file 7: Figure S5).
  2. SD standard deviation.
  3. ***p value <0.05.
  4. _p value >0.05.
  5. aCore phyla are bolded.