Pectinia lactuca   (Pallas,  1766) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Pectiniidae

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Description
Color: Uniform grey, brown or green.

Colonies have elongate valleys and walls, the latter of relatively uniform height. Most valleys can be traced from the colony margins to the centre. A foliaceous coral, with numerous vertical "leaves", which are really meandroid series of corallites with very tall, thin walls. In this species, the walls are all of similar, regular height. Smaller, secondary corallites occur on the sides of the walls as well as along the valley floor.

Hermaphroditic, broadcast spawning.


Synonym (s)
Madrepora latuca Pallas, 1766
Pectinia lactuca Veron & Pichon, 1980
Pectinia lactuca Veron, 2000
Pectinia lactuca (Pallas, 1766)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Common Lettuce Coral (English)
• Hibiscus Coral (English)
• Lettuce Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli Island INDIA
• MADAGASCAR
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14) (Long: 94) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 8.53) (Long: 92.5) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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