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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPectinia lactuca (Pallas, 1766) 
AphiaID: 207378

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCnidaria (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnthozoa (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHexacorallia (Subclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScleractinia (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMerulinidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPectinia (Genus) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPectinia lactuca (Species)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPectinia Blainville, 1825
Synonymised
names
  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMadrepora lactuca Pallas, 1766 (new combination)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTridacophyllia lactuca (Pallas, 1766) (previous combination)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTridacophyllia manicina Dana, 1846 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTridacophyllia rectifolia Saville-Kent, 1891 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTridacophyllia symphylloides Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonym)
Sources  original description Pallas, P. A. 1766. Elenchus zoophytorum sistens generum adumbrationes generaliores et specierum cognitarium succinctas descriptiones cum selectis auctorum synonymis. Fransiscum Varrentrapp, Hagae. pp. 451., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/29190#page/12/mode/1up [details] [full text]

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Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorcommon lettuce coral  [details]
Environment marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Distribution 
From other sources
Indian Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorAldabra [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorReunion [details]
Kenya
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorKenya [details]
Madagascar
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMadagascar [details]
South Pacific Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorIndo-West Pacific [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorEast Africa [details]
Host of  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMandobius regalis Humes, 1991 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life (2 barcodes) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (17 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank (5 nucleotides; 2 proteins) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo IUCN Red List 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo USNM Invertebrate Zoology Cnidaria Collection 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
Notes 
From editor or global species database
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBiology zooxanthellate [details]

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription 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. While this genus contains some colourful corals, this species is generally a relatively dull brown or green. A single colony may exceed a metre diameter. Its preferred habitat is in sheltered water such as lagoons and back-reef areas. (Sheppard, 1998 <308>)
Colonies have elongate valleys and walls, the latter of relatively uniform height. Most valleys can be traced from the colony margins to the centre. Colour: uniform grey, brown or green. Abundance: common on lower reef slopes and in turbid water habitats where colonies frequently exceed 1 m in diameter. (Veron, 1986 <57>)
Specimens are always distinctive and striking as they have prominent walls or spire-like lobes with septo-costae between the polyps. The thin, high, irregular walls are of uniform height and meander from the colony centre. Colour: usually greyish-green. Habitat: turbid waters and base of reefs. (Richmond, 1997) [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorType locality Type locality: unrecorded (Veron, 1986). [details]
ImageChecked: verified by a taxonomic editor 
Pectinia lactuca
Pectinia lactuca
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:207378
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
1997-01-31 16:37:49Z  created  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2000-07-18 15:57:33Z  changed  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2008-01-16 10:35:54Z  changed  van der Land, Jacob
2014-03-15 10:57:36Z  changed  Hoeksema, Bert
  
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  Citation: Hoeksema, B. (2014). Pectinia lactuca (Pallas, 1766). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207378 on 2014-11-22
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