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Acropora pectinatus

Veron, 2000

Colonies consist of dense thickets usually less than one metre across. Branches are short and cylindrical and divide at frequent intervals. Axial corallites are small, tubular and not exsert. Radial corallites are irregular on the sides of thicker branches, becoming uniform in size and shape towards branch tips. The latter are long and curved and are aligned in comb-like rows down branch slides.

Colour: Pale brown with white branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef flats and upper slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acropora exquisita , Acropora yongei

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Thicket on a reef flat.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Thicket on a reef flat.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Branch tips showing exsert radial corallites aligned in rows.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Branch tips showing exsert radial corallites aligned in rows.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Branch tips showing exsert radial corallites aligned in rows.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Branch tips showing exsert radial corallites aligned in rows.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Open branched colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Open branched colony.Charlie Veron.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Showing branch tip.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Showing branch tip.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Showing branching pattern.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Showing branching pattern.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Showing branch ends.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Showing branch ends.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Showing branch end.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Showing branch end.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Showing axial corallite.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Showing axial corallite.

Acropora pectinatus.  Indonesia.  Showing radial corallites.

Acropora pectinatus.Indonesia.Showing radial corallites.