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Leptoria phrygia

(Ellis and Solander, 1786)

Colonies are massive, submassive or ridged, with an even surface and dense skeleton. Corallite valleys are sinuous and uniform. Septa are uniformly spaced and are of equal size. Columellae are plate-like with a lobed upper margin and do not form centres.

Colour: Cream, brown or green, with walls and valleys of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Occurs in most reef environments except where the water is turbid.

Abundance: Common, especially on upper reef slopes.

Similar species: Leptoria irregularis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). 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.
Leptoria phrygia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A large colony of striking appearance.  Ed Lovell.

Leptoria phrygia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A large colony of striking appearance. Ed Lovell.

Leptoria phrygia.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Forming short thick columns.  Roger Steene.

Leptoria phrygia. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Forming short thick columns. Roger Steene.

Leptoria phrygia.  Red Sea.  Small massive cushion-shaped colonies formed by regrowth after partial mortality are common.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoria phrygia. Red Sea. Small massive cushion-shaped colonies formed by regrowth after partial mortality are common. Charlie Veron.

Leptoria phrygia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colonies have even surfaces with uniform valleys forming characteristically sinuous patterns.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoria phrygia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Colonies have even surfaces with uniform valleys forming characteristically sinuous patterns. Charlie Veron.

Leptoria phrygia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in colour.  Roger Steene.

Leptoria phrygia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in colour. Roger Steene.

Leptoria phrygia.  Solomon Islands.  Variation in colour.  Roger Steene.

Leptoria phrygia. Solomon Islands. Variation in colour. Roger Steene.

Leptoria phrygia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Leptoria phrygia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing valleys.

Leptoria phrygia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Leptoria phrygia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing valleys.

Leptoria phrygia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Leptoria phrygia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing valleys.

Leptoria phrygia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Leptoria phrygia. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing valleys.