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Leptoseris scabra

Vaughan, 1907

Colonies are composed of encrusting, unifacial laminae which may become highly contorted forming hollow columns or tubes. A central corallite may be distinguishable. Corallites become more widely spaced towards the colony perimeter. They are irregular and usually outwardly inclined. Long and short septo-costae strongly alternate and are interlinked in complex patterns.

Colour: Dull grey, brown or green, usually with white margins.

Habitat: Usually found on vertical or overhung walls in deeper water.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Leptoseris solida , Leptoseris striata

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. 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 scabra.  Philippines.  Colonies are commonly flat laminae with an irregular surface.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris scabra.Philippines.Colonies are commonly flat laminae with an irregular surface.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris scabra.  Hawaii.  An encrusting colony.  Jim Maragos.

Leptoseris scabra.Hawaii.An encrusting colony.Jim Maragos.

Leptoseris scabra.  Philippines.  Surface detail showing the formation of a tube.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris scabra.Philippines.Surface detail showing the formation of a tube.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris scabra.  Indonesia.  Part of a large explanate colony.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris scabra.Indonesia.Part of a large explanate colony.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris scabra.  Vietnam.  Showing whole colony.

Leptoseris scabra.Vietnam.Showing whole colony.

Leptoseris scabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing contorted plates.

Leptoseris scabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing contorted plates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leptoseris scabra.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris scabra.Philippines.Showing corallites.