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Leptastrea aequalis

Veron, 2000

Colonies are massive to encrusting. Corallites are rounded and clearly plocoid, with thick walls. Corallites are often uniformly inclined on the colony surface. Septa are in two indistinct orders, primary septa being numerous and equal. ?Groove and tubercle? formations are rare.

Colour: Cream with dark calices.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare, except at Cocos (Keeling) Atoll.

Similar species: Leptastrea bottae , Leptastrea inaequalis , Leptastrea transversa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptastrea aequalis.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  L. aequalis (left) overgrowing L. pruinosa (right).  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea aequalis.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.L. aequalis (left) overgrowing L. pruinosa (right).Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea aequalis.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  Corallite detail showing the large open corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea aequalis.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Corallite detail showing the large open corallites.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea aequalis.  Madagascar.  Surface of a colony showing evenly spaced compact corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea aequalis.Madagascar.Surface of a colony showing evenly spaced compact corallites.Charlie Veron.

Leptastrea aequalis.  Red Sea.  Showing a massive colony.

Leptastrea aequalis.Red Sea.Showing a massive colony.

Leptastrea aequalis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Leptastrea aequalis.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Leptastrea aequalis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Leptastrea aequalis.Red Sea.Showing corallites.