Sinularia leptoclados (Ehrenberg, 1834) is re-described. Sinularia leptoclados var. gonatodes Kolonko, 1926 is synonymized with S. maxima Verseveldt, 1977. Two new species of Sinularia with digitiform lobules, leptoclados-type surface clubs and unbranched interior spindles, are described. An updated maximum likelihood tree of Sinularia species with leptoclados-type clubs (clade 5C) based on two mitochondrial genes (mtMutS, COI) and a nuclear gene (28S rDNA) is presented.
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Ofwegen LP, Benayahu Y, McFadden CS (2013) Sinularia leptoclados (Ehrenberg, 1834) (Cnidaria: Octocorallia) re-examined. ZooKeys 272: 29-59.