Colonies are encrusting to submassive. Corallites are 4-6 millimetres diameter. A ?groove and tubercle? formation may be present, but corallites are cerioid to subplocoid, retaining individual walls. Septa have smooth or slightly serrated margins, are widely spaced, and plunge steeply within the corallite. Columellae are rudimentary, consisting of thickened inner septal margins. Polyps are fleshy.
Taxonomic note: This genus is moved from Family Oculinidae because of general similarities with Leptastrea bewickensis and the occasional occurrence of septal serrations and rudimentary columellae. The species was formerly called Parasimplastrea simplicitexta (Umbgrove, 1939). This is an extinct fossil faviid with larger corallites and different septal structures. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Sheppard (1985, as Parasimplastrea simplicitexta), Veron (2002). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991, as Parasimplastrea simplicitexta).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Parasimplastrea sheppardi.Oman.A colony with tentacles withdrawn showing the exsert primary septa.Steve Coles.
Parasimplastrea sheppardi.Oman.A colony with tentacles extended.Steve Coles.
Parasimplastrea sheppardi.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.A submassive colony with tentacles partly extended.Lyndon Devantier.