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Pectinia teres

Nemenzo and Montecillo, 1981

Colonies have little formation of laminae, but form clumps of pointed branch-like spires, each composed of exsert costae. Well developed colonies are clumps of spires. Corallites are conspicuous.

Colour: Yellow-brown or grey.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes and enclosed embayments, especially with turbid water.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pectinia elongata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Nemenzo and Montecillo (1981), Veron and Hodgson (1989). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pectinia teres.  Philippines.  Three colonies of P. teres (the largest) with P. paeonia in a sheltered shallow lagoon.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.Philippines.Three colonies of P. teres (the largest) with P. paeonia in a sheltered shallow lagoon.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.  Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.  Showing the development of twisted irregular branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.Rowley Shoals, north-western Australia.Showing the development of twisted irregular branches.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.  Philippines.  Compact colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.Philippines.Compact colonies.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.  Indonesia.  Compact colonies.  Roger Steene.

Pectinia teres.Indonesia.Compact colonies.Roger Steene.

Pectinia teres.  Philippines.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.Philippines.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia teres.  Philippines.  Showing corallite detail.

Pectinia teres.Philippines.Showing corallite detail.

Pectinia teres.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Showing branch end.

Pectinia teres.Scott Reef, western Australia.Showing branch end.

Pectinia teres.  Mergui Archipelago, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing branches.

Pectinia teres.Mergui Archipelago, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing branches.

Pectinia teres.  Mergui Archipelago, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing corallite detail.

Pectinia teres.Mergui Archipelago, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing corallite detail.