species: Leptastrea gibbosa in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Leptastrea gibbosa


©Anne Hoggett: Leptastrea gibbosa, reef slope near South Island, Lizard Island Group. Grace Frank notes: "Distinctive barrel-shaped corallites, individually separated by deep grooves".

©Anne Hoggett: Leptastrea gibbosa, reef slope near South Island, Lizard Island Group. Grace Frank notes: "Distinctive barrel-shaped corallites, individually separated by deep grooves".

©Anne Hoggett: Leptastrea gibbosa colony on the reef slope near South Island, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Scleractinia
Family Scleractinia incertae sedis
Genus Leptastrea
Species Leptastrea gibbosa

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Distinguishing features

Colonies encrusting or submassive, rarely exceeding 15 cm diameter. Distinctive cylindrical corallites up to about 5 mm diameter that are separate from each other. They can protrude unevenly or form an even surface on different parts of the same colony. Two complete cycles of septa. If a third is present, it is incomplete. Formerly known as Leptastrea inaequalis - that species is now known to be restricted to the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. (Arrigoni et al, 2020)

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  • Size data has not been obtained.

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References

  • Arrigoni, M.L. Berumen, K.G. Mariappan, P.S.A. Beck, A.M. Hulver, S. Montano, M. Pichon, G. Strona, T.I. Terraneo and F. Benzoni, R. (2020). Towards a rigorous species delimitation framework for scleractinian corals based on RAD sequencing: the case study of Leptastrea from the Indo-Pacific. Coral Reefs, 39: 1001-1025. LIRS catalog number 90374.
  • Dornelas, M. (2006). Coral assemblages and neutral theory. PhD thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1626.
  • Dornelas, M. and S.R. Connolly (2008). Multiple modes in a coral species abundance distribution, Ecology Letters, 11: 1008-1016. LIRS catalog number 1145.