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Leptastrea purpurea Crust Coral

Leptastrea purpureais commonly referred to as Crust Coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: Average. A aquarium size of at least 150 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

Profilbild Urheber Dr. J.E.N. "Charlie" Veron, Australien, Australien

Leptastrea purpurea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Photograph: Charlie Veron.

Courtesy of the author Dr. J.E.N. "Charlie" Veron, Australien, Australien . Please visit for more information.

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Leptastrea purpurea 
Großpolypige Steinkoralle 
Crust Coral 
Stony Corals LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Leptastreidae (Family) > Leptastrea (Genus) > purpurea (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Dana, ), 1846 
(the) Maldives, Arabian Sea, Australia, Banda Sea, Brunei Darussalam, Bunaken, Cebu ((Philippines), 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 
Sea depth:
0 - 86 Meter 
up to 9.84" (25 cm) 
71.6 °F - 80.6 °F (22°C - 27°C) 
Phytoplankton, Plankton, Zooplankton, Zooxanthellae / Light 
33 gal (~ 150L) 
Easy to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
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Last edit:
2021-10-06 19:17:16 

Captive breeding / propagation

Leptastrea purpurea is easy to breed. There are offspring in the trade available. If you are interested in Leptastrea purpurea, please contact us at Your dealer for a progeny instead of a wildcat. You help to protect the natural stocks.


Leptastrea purpurea (Dana, 1846)

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.

Abundance: Common.

Synonymised names:
Astraea (Fissicella) pulchra Dana, 1846 (synonymy)
Astraea (Fissicella) purpurea Dana, 1846 (basionym, changed combination)
Astraea purpurea Dana, 1846 (changed combination)
Astrea pulchra Dana, 1846 (synonymy)
Favia hawaiiensis (Vaughan, 1907) (synonymy)
Leptastraea ehrenbergana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonymy)
Leptastraea pruinosa Crossland, 1952 (synonymy)
Leptastraea purpurea (Dana, 1846) (wrong spelling genus name)
Leptastrea bottae var. roissyana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonymy)
Leptastrea ehrenbergana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonymy, wrong spelling)
Leptastrea ehrenbergiana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonymy)
Leptastrea pruinosa Crossland, 1952 (synonymy)
Leptastrea roissyana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonymy)
Leptastrea stellulata Verrill, 1866 (synonym)
Orbicella (Leptastraea) ehrenbergiana (Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849) (Synonymy)
Orbicella klunzingeri Gardiner, 1899 (synonymy)
Prionastraea purpurea (Dana, 1846) (previous combination)

External links

  1. Corals of the World by Charlie Veron (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. WoRMS (en). Abgerufen am 06.10.2021.



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