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Goniastrea pectinata Stony Coral

Goniastrea pectinatais commonly referred to as Stony Coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: Average. A aquarium size of at least 150 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Goniastrea pectinata 
Stony Coral 
Stony Corals LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Merulinidae (Family) > Goniastrea (Genus) > pectinata (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Ehrenberg, ), 1834 
Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea, (the) Maldives, American Samoa, Australia, Cambodia, Comores, Cook Islands, Coral sea, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef, Guam, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Mozambique, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland (Australia), Red Sea, Réunion , Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South-Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tansania, Thailand, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Seychelles, Tokelau, Tuvalu, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Western Indian Ocean, Yemen 
Sea depth:
0 - 40 Meter 
up to 11.81" (30 cm) 
75.2 °F - 80.6 °F (24°C - 27°C) 
Plankton, Zooxanthellae / Light 
33 gal (~ 150L) 
Possible to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
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Last edit:
2020-09-24 21:54:10 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Goniastrea pectinata are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Goniastrea pectinata, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Goniastrea pectinata, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.


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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.

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.

Astraea (Fissicella) cerium Dana, 1846
Astraea (Fissicella) favistella Dana, 1846
Astraea (Fissicella) pectinata Ehrenberg, 1834
Astraea cerium Dana, 1846
Astraea favistella Dana, 1846
Astraea pectinata Ehrenberg, 1834
Astraea sinuosa Dana, 1846
Goniastrea cerium (Dana, 1846)
Goniastrea coronalis Quelch, 1886
Goniastrea favistella (Dana, 1846)
Goniastrea grayi Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849
Goniastrea planulata Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849
Goniastrea quoyi Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849
Goniastrea regularis Chevalier, 1971
Platygyra exigua Nemenzo, 1959

External links

  1. Corals of the World (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  2. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  3. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  4. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.



Husbandry know-how of owners

am 12.09.09#1

Anmerkung von Chrysokoll zum Bild und Tier:

Goniastrea. Eine G. pectinata oder doch eine G. australensis (wie von Mrutzek Meeresaquaristik gekauft)?

Beschreibung aus AIMS zu G. pectinata: Aussehen: Kolonien sind submassiv oder krustig wachsend. Coralliten sind cerioid bis submeandroid. Letztere haben in der Regel weniger als vier Zentren. Die Wände sind dick, paliform Lappen sind gut entwickelt. Farbe: Gewöhnlich hellbraun oder rosa, können auch dunkelbraun sein im tiefen oder trübem Wasser. Ähnliche Arten: Goniastrea edwardsi, die deutlich kleiner corallites und G. australensis welche Täler ähnlicher Breite hat aber in der Regel voll meandroid ist. Beide Beschreibungen von mir übersetzt.
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