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Leptastrea bottae

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849)

Colonies are massive to encrusting. Corallites are cylindrical, separated only by a groove. Septa are in three cycles, the longest being distinctive and exsert. ?Groove and tubercle? formations are sometimes well developed.

Colour: White or cream with darker calices.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Leptastrea inaequalis , Leptastrea transversa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Milne Edwards and Haime’s original description/specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptastrea bottae.  Red Sea.  Surface of colonies showing variation in development of groove and tubercle formations.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.Red Sea.Surface of colonies showing variation in development of groove and tubercle formations.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.  Red Sea.  Surface of colonies showing variation in development of groove and tubercle formations.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.Red Sea.Surface of colonies showing variation in development of groove and tubercle formations.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.  Red Sea.  Variation in corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.Red Sea.Variation in corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.  Red Sea.  Variation in corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.Red Sea.Variation in corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea bottae.  Red Sea.  Showing a massive colony.

Leptastrea bottae.Red Sea.Showing a massive colony.

Leptastrea bottae.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Leptastrea bottae.Red Sea.Showing corallites.