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Pectinia pygmaeus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are thickets of spire-like branches. Branches are twisted and tapered and form sub-branches at obtuse angles. Corallite centres occur primarily where branches divide. All corallite structures are fine.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes, especially in turbid water.

Abundance: Locally common.

Similar species: Pectinia elongata , Pectinia teres

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Small thicket on a lower reef slope.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Small thicket on a lower reef slope.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite centres can be seen at the base of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Corallite centres can be seen at the base of branches.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.

Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.

Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branch tips.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Showing branch tips.

Pectinia pygmaeus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branch undersurface.

Pectinia pygmaeus.Papua New Guinea.Showing branch undersurface.