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Leptoseris hawaiiensis

Vaughan, 1907

Colonies are encrusting laminae. Corallites are deep and rounded, irregularly distributed and mostly outward facing. A central corallite is often distinguishable, especially in small colonies where peripheral corallites may be small or absent. Septo-costae are even, giving the coenosteum a smooth appearance.

Colour: Brown or green, sometimes mottled.

Habitat: Usually found on vertical or overhanging walls.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Leptoseris incrustans

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Dinesen (1980), Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Maragos (1977), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.  Variation in structure and colour and showing the characteristic appearance of rounded upward facing corallites.  Jim Maragos.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.Variation in structure and colour and showing the characteristic appearance of rounded upward facing corallites.Jim Maragos.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.  Variation in structure and colour and showing the characteristic appearance of rounded upward facing corallites.  Len Zell.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Kiribati, equatorial western Pacific.Variation in structure and colour and showing the characteristic appearance of rounded upward facing corallites.Len Zell.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Solomon Islands.  Variation in structure and colour and showing the characteristic appearance of rounded upward facing corallites.  Neville Coleman.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Solomon Islands.Variation in structure and colour and showing the characteristic appearance of rounded upward facing corallites.Neville Coleman.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Indonesia.  A highly convoluted colony forming chimneys.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Indonesia.A highly convoluted colony forming chimneys.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Papua New Guinea.  A large irregular colony.  Jim Maragos.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Papua New Guinea.A large irregular colony.Jim Maragos.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.