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Pectinia africanus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are usually less than 0.3 metres across and hemispherical or flattened. Valleys are contorted but mostly extend from the colony centre towards the periphery. Walls are short, sometimes with short spires. Columellae are weakly developed. Septa are smooth or have small teeth.

Colour: Green and grey with valleys and walls commonly of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pectinia lactuca

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pectinia africanus.  Tanzania.  A well developed colony.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia africanus.Tanzania.A well developed colony.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia africanus.  Tanzania.  Common colour variance.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia africanus.Tanzania.Common colour variance.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia africanus.  Tanzania.  Common colour variance.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia africanus.Tanzania.Common colour variance.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia africanus.  Tanzania.  Showing whole colony.

Pectinia africanus.Tanzania.Showing whole colony.

Pectinia africanus.  Tanzania.  Showing valleys.

Pectinia africanus.Tanzania.Showing valleys.

Pectinia africanus.  Tanzania.  Showing valleys.

Pectinia africanus.Tanzania.Showing valleys.

Pectinia africanus.  Tanzania.  Showing a valley.

Pectinia africanus.Tanzania.Showing a valley.