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Leptastrea purpurea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Photograph: Charlie Veron.
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lexID: 4403 AphiaID: 207470 Scientific: Leptastrea purpurea German: Großpolypige Steinkoralle English: Stony Coral Category: Stony Corals LPS Family tree: Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Scleractinia incertae sedis (Family) > Leptastrea (Genus) > purpurea (Species) Initial determination: (Dana, ), 1846 Occurrence: the Persian Gulf , (the) Maldives, Australia, Banda Sea, Bunaken, Cebu, Celebes Sea, Chile, China, Comores, Cook Islands, Coral sea, Fiji, French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Bengal / Bay of Bengal, Hawaii, India, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Kenya, Laccadive Sea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Red Sea, Réunion , Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South-Africa, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand, the Andaman Sea, the Seychelles, Timor, Togo, Tonga, Tuamoto Islands, Tuvalu, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Western Pacific Ocean Size: up to 9.84" (25 cm) Temperature: 71.6 °F - 80.6 °F (22°C - 27°C) Food: Phytoplankton, Plankton, Zooplankton, Zooxanthellae / Light Tank: 33 gal (~ 150L) Difficulty: Average CITES: Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) Related species at Catalog of Life:
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“From Veron, J.E.N. Corals of the World.”
Characters: Colonies are flat with angular, cerioid corallites which vary in size within the same colony. Colonies on reef flats may have several corallites in shallow valleys. Septa are tightly compact, approximately similar in size, and have margins that slope uniformly towards the corallite centre. Columellae are small and compact.
Colour: Usually pale yellow, greenish or cream on the upper surface and dark sides.
Habitat: A wide range of reef environments.
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