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Updated 3/17/2014

Family Faviidae


Leptastrea purpurea

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 20 feet


Kure Atoll, 8 feet

Kewalo, Oahu, 50 feet


YO-257 wreck, Oahu, 85 feet


Kahe Point, Oahu, 20 feet


Makapu'u, Oahu, 20 feet

Makapu'u, Oahu, 20 feet



Portlock, Oahu, 40 feet


Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 35 feet

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 35 feet

Kewalo Marine Lab, Oahu

Sand Island, Oahu, 6 feet


An uncommon encrusting species of shallow habitats including harbors, tidepools and reefs exposed to surge.  Calices of varying size with close-set smooth ribs, cream with brown within and bluish-white centers.  Transverse Coral has calices surrounded by elevated points and a narrow groove.  Seems to be very tolerant of adverse conditions lethal to other corals.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.