Leptastrea is a genus of encrusting reefbuilding stony corals from the Indo-Pacific. Previously assigned to the family Faviidae, it has been moved to uncertain status, Scleractinia incertae sedis, based on DNA testing.
The most astonishing and unique feature of L. purpurea is not, however, its apparent adaptability but its reproductive strategy.
We may be conjuring a vision, but there seems to be something in the air these days in the reefkeeping world. A moment of big change may soon be upon us, in this case something that could hardly have been imagined not so long ago.
A preview of articles and images in the new issue of CORAL, The Reef & Marine Aquarium Magazine, March/April 2019.