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Leptastrea transversa

Klunzinger, 1879

Colonies are flat with angular, cerioid corallites. Septa are not tightly compact and plunge steeply near the columella. Columellae consist of a few pinnules aligned in a row and often fused.

Colour: Usually grey, green or yellow with dark sides to the colony.

Habitat: A wide range of reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: 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), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptastrea transversa.  Philippines.  An encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa. Philippines. An encrusting colony. Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Surface of colonies. Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa. Papua New Guinea. Surface of colonies. Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Surface of colonies. Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa. Papua New Guinea. Surface of colonies. Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa.  Red Sea.  A massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea transversa. Red Sea. A massive colony. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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