831 species

Goniastrea pectinata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are submassive or encrusting. Corallites are cerioid to submeandroid. The latter usually have less than four centres. Walls are thick, paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Usually pale brown or pink but may be dark brown in deep or turbid water.

Similar Species: Goniastrea edwardsi, which has markedly smaller corallites and G. australensis which has valleys of similar width but is usually fully meandroid. See also the merulinid Merulina scheeri.

Habitat: Most shallow water environments.

Abundance: Common.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change