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Leptastrea purpurea

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are flat with angular, cerioid corallites which vary in size within the same colony. Colonies on reef flats may have several corallites in shallow valleys. Septa are tightly compact, approximately similar in size, and have margins that slope uniformly towards the corallite centre. Columellae are small and compact.

Colour: Usually pale yellow, greenish or cream on the upper surface and dark sides.

Habitat: A wide range of reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Chevalier (1975), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977), Wijsman-Best (1980). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptastrea purpurea.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  L. purpurea (left) with L. pruinosa (right).  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.L. purpurea (left) with L. pruinosa (right).Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.Papua New Guinea.Surface of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea purpurea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leptastrea purpurea.  Hawaii.  Showing colony surface.

Leptastrea purpurea.Hawaii.Showing colony surface.