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Leptastrea bewickensis

Veron and Pichon, 1977

Colonies are massive, flat or hillocky. Septa are in unequal cycles with approximately six widely spaced exsert primary septa plunging down to a small columella. Columellae are simple fused ridges. Tentacles are sometimes partly extended during the day.

Colour: Dark grey, tan or brown.

Habitat: Sheltered reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes locally abundant.

Similar species: Parasimplastrea sheppardi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977), Wijsman-Best (1980).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptastrea bewickensis.  Philippines.  Surface of a colony showing corallites with six primary septa.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bewickensis.Philippines.Surface of a colony showing corallites with six primary septa.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bewickensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Leptastrea bewickensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Leptastrea bewickensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Leptastrea bewickensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Leptastrea bewickensis.  Hawaii.  Showing colony surface.

Leptastrea bewickensis.Hawaii.Showing colony surface.