Leiaster speciosus von Martens, 1866

This usually dark maroon has a smooth, almost slimy feel. Typical specimens up to about 200mm in diameter are usually found under rocks on the seaward reef. At night on lagoon pinnacles, specimens several times larger can be seen in areas with honeycomb caves. They appear to differ only in size, so we assume they are the same species. It is considered by some to be the same as Leiaster leachi.

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