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Leptastrea inaequalis

Klunzinger, 1879

Colonies are massive and plocoid, with small barrel-shaped corallites (usually up to 3 mm diameter but occasionally 5 mm) of varying appearance, irregularly separated by deep grooves. Septa are in two (rarely three) unequal cycles, primary septa being wedge-shaped. ?Groove and tubercle? formations are usually well developed.

Colour: Usually combinations of cream, green and yellow, with darker calices.

Habitat: A wide range of reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Leptastrea bottae

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977, as Leptastrea cf. bottae). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986, as L. cf. bottae), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptastrea inaequalis.  Papua New Guinea.  Part of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Papua New Guinea.Part of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea inaequalis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of a flat colony.  Neville Coleman.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Surface of a flat colony.Neville Coleman.

Leptastrea inaequalis.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Papua New Guinea.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea inaequalis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Valerie Taylor.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Valerie Taylor.

Leptastrea inaequalis.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Leptastrea inaequalis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

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

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

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

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

Leptastrea inaequalis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

Leptastrea inaequalis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Leptastrea inaequalis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.