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Goniastrea pectinata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are submassive or encrusting. Corallites are cerioid to submeandroid. The latter usually have less than four centres. Walls are thick, paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Usually pale brown or pink but may be dark brown in deep or turbid water.

Habitat: Most shallow water environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Merulina scheeri

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniastrea pectinata.  Red Sea.  Showing formation of nodular upgrowths in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea pectinata.Red Sea.Showing formation of nodular upgrowths in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea pectinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A submassive colony.  Ed Lovell.

Goniastrea pectinata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A submassive colony.Ed Lovell.

Goniastrea pectinata.  null.  Corallite detail.  null.

Goniastrea pectinata.null.Corallite detail.null.

Goniastrea pectinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea pectinata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea pectinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea pectinata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea pectinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Goniastrea pectinata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Goniastrea pectinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea pectinata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Goniastrea pectinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Goniastrea pectinata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Goniastrea pectinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea pectinata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.