Colonies form encrusting or tiered laminae. Laminae have vertical walls of irregular height, radiating towards the margins. These walls separate individual or small groups of corallites, which are consequently widely spaced.
Taxonomic note: Pectinia ayleni was formerly placed in Physophyllia, a genus of its own. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Yabe, Sugiyama and Eguchi (1936). Additional identification guides: Nishihira and Veron (1995, as Physophyllia ayleni).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pectinia ayleni.Mainland Japan.This species is commonly found in algal communities.Charlie Veron.