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Underwater Harp Harp Coral - Ctenocella pectinata, also known as Lyre Sea Fan.<br />
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Colony comprises long unbranched stems emerging from a lower horizontal branch. The vertical stems arise parallel to one another, on one plane. The overall shape resembles a lyre or harp; or teeth of a comb. The cylindrical stems are smooth and thin. When the polyps are retracted, they form small mounds on the stem. Colours red, brown and white. Coral,Ctenocella pectinata,Fall,Geotagged,Harp Coral,Mabul,Malaysia,Sabah,Soft Coral,Whip Coral Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Underwater Harp

Harp Coral - Ctenocella pectinata, also known as Lyre Sea Fan.

Colony comprises long unbranched stems emerging from a lower horizontal branch. The vertical stems arise parallel to one another, on one plane. The overall shape resembles a lyre or harp; or teeth of a comb. The cylindrical stems are smooth and thin. When the polyps are retracted, they form small mounds on the stem. Colours red, brown and white.

    comments (6)

  1. Beautiful, Albert! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy :) Posted 5 years ago
  2. Albert, this is just wonderful. I've never seen anything like it! Thank you for sharing! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks, Lisa.
      This one is not that big yet, so not so impressive, but couldn't find huge ones with many vertical branches during the trip.
      Posted 5 years ago
  3. Great - but maybe you should have saved it for Valentine's day?! You should see if National Geographic is interested - this would make a cool greeting card! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks, Barry for your kind comments :)
      There are actually many more impressive pictures of them by other underwater photographers out there!
      Posted 5 years ago

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Ctenocella pectinata is a species of corals from the family of Ellisellidae.

Similar species: Soft Corals
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Jan 3, 2018. Captured Dec 14, 2017 08:28 in Unnamed Road, 91308 Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.
  • TG-5
  • f/3.2
  • 1/60s
  • ISO200
  • 5.14mm