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Pectinia paeonia

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies never have extended valleys. Instead they form irregular clusters of fluted thin laminae with exsert costae forming upwardly projecting spires and short walls. Columellae are weakly developed. Septa are smooth or have small teeth.

Colour: Uniform or mottled brown, grey or green.

Habitat: Turbid water habitats, especially on fringing reefs and in crevices on reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pectinia paeonia.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  A large colony consisting of mostly flat laminae, upright walls and spires.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia paeonia. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. A large colony consisting of mostly flat laminae, upright walls and spires. Charlie Veron.

Pectinia paeonia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A colony consisting of mostly upright walls.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pectinia paeonia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A colony consisting of mostly upright walls. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pectinia paeonia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A colony consisting mostly of flat laminae.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia paeonia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A colony consisting mostly of flat laminae. Charlie Veron.

Pectinia paeonia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A colony with tightly compacted, highly folded, upright walls in shallow water.  Valerie Taylor.

Pectinia paeonia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A colony with tightly compacted, highly folded, upright walls in shallow water. Valerie Taylor.

Pectinia paeonia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Valerie Taylor.

Pectinia paeonia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail. Valerie Taylor.

Pectinia paeonia.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia paeonia. Papua New Guinea. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Pectinia paeonia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Pectinia paeonia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Pectinia paeonia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Pectinia paeonia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing whole colony.

Pectinia paeonia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Pectinia paeonia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.