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Pectinia ayleni

(Wells, 1935)

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.

Colour: Dark brownish-green.

Habitat: Usually algae dominated rock.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Pectinia lactuca , Pectinia maxima

Taxonomic note: 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).

Map 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.

Pectinia ayleni.Mainland Japan.This species is commonly found in algal communities.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia ayleni.  Philippines.  Colony surface.  Doug Fenner.

Pectinia ayleni.Philippines.Colony surface.Doug Fenner.

Pectinia ayleni.  Mainland Japan.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Pectinia ayleni.Mainland Japan.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Pectinia ayleni.  Mainland Japan.  Showing whole colony.

Pectinia ayleni.Mainland Japan.Showing whole colony.

Pectinia ayleni.  Mainland Japan.  Showing valleys.

Pectinia ayleni.Mainland Japan.Showing valleys.

Pectinia ayleni.  Mainland Japan.  Showing frond surface.

Pectinia ayleni.Mainland Japan.Showing frond surface.

Pectinia ayleni.  Mainland Japan.  Showing frond surface.

Pectinia ayleni.Mainland Japan.Showing frond surface.