Parasimplastrea sheppardi is the only member of its genus.
This species has a relatively restricted range and is uncommon throughout it. Across this range it is subject to anthropogenic impacts and extensive habitat reduction due to its shallow depth limits.
The fleshy polyps of Parasimplastrea sheppardi are surrounded by a brown corallite and have a green centre.
Specific population trends are unknown but thought to be declining.
- Order: Scleractinia
- Family: Faviidae
- Trend: decreasing
- Depth Range (m): 3 - 20m
P.sheppardi is found in the shallow, tropical waters within the Indo-West Pacific, the northwest Indian Ocean and the Arabian/Iranian Gulf.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in marginal reef environments, mainly in the Arabian region. It can be found on subtidal rock and rocky reefs, on the back and foreslope of the reef, and in lagoons.
It is a colonial species which grows either in an encrusting (forming a layer over substrate) or submassive (bulbous growth with primary branching) manner.