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Leptoseris papyracea

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are delicate, unifacial, contorted, irregularly divided fronds, each frond having just a few corallites. Tentacles are sometimes extended during the day.

Colour: Pale brown upper surface. Pale brown or white undersurface.

Habitat: Usually restricted to inter-reef areas on soft horizontal substrates where there is little sediment movement, but occasionally occurs in shallow habitats between the branches of other corals.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but may be a dominant species.

Similar species:

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptoseris papyracea.  Micronesia.  A delicate prostrate colony.  Pat Colin.

Leptoseris papyracea. Micronesia. A delicate prostrate colony. Pat Colin.

Leptoseris papyracea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing both upper and lower surfaces of twisted fronds.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris papyracea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing both upper and lower surfaces of twisted fronds. Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris papyracea.  Philippines.  With tentacles extended during the day.  Pat Colin.

Leptoseris papyracea. Philippines. With tentacles extended during the day. Pat Colin.

Leptoseris papyracea.  Papua New Guinea.  Smooth flat fronds.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris papyracea. Papua New Guinea. Smooth flat fronds. Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris papyracea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing lower surface and branching pattern.

Leptoseris papyracea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing lower surface and branching pattern.

Leptoseris papyracea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing upper surface and branching pattern.

Leptoseris papyracea. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing upper surface and branching pattern.