species: Leptoseris yabei in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Leptoseris yabei


©Anne Hoggett: Leptoseris yabei at Lizard Island. Photo identified by Russell Kelley.

©Anne Hoggett: Leptoseris yabei at Lizard Island. Photo identified by Russell Kelley. 

©Anne Hoggett: Leptoseris yabei at Lizard Island. Photo identified by Russell Kelley. Note radiating ridges beween rows of corallites. Open larger version of this photo to see structure of corallites.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Scleractinia
Family Agariciidae
Genus Leptoseris
Species Leptoseris yabei

Colours

    

Distinguishing features

Colonies are thin plates in whorls or tiers or vases. Corallites are in rectangular pockets between radiating ridges perpendicular to colony edge. Corallite structure as shown in close-up is distinctive.

Size

  • From 1 cm to 150 cm (Colony diameter often more than 1 metre (Veron, 2000))

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Uncommon

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • Veron, J.E.N. (2000). Corals of the World Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Other references

  • Dinesen, Z.D. (1983). Shade-dwelling corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 10: 173-185. LIRS catalog number 157.