Colonies are laminar, either encrusting or in whorls or tiers, with or without radiating folds. Corallites are in irregular rows parallel to the margins. They are outwardly inclined, small and shallow. Columellae are conspicuous. Septo-costae are fine.
Cream or brown, usually pale colours in the Red Sea.
Usually found on vertical or overhung walls.
Taxonomic note: Red Sea colonies are distinctive as they form thick plates which are usually flat. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Dinesen (1980), Veron and Pichon (1980, as Leptoseris tenuis). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptoseris foliosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common appearance of colony surfaces.Charlie Veron.
Leptoseris foliosa.Red Sea.Detail of a colony on a sheltered vertical rock face with little light availability.Charlie Veron.
Leptoseris foliosa.Papua New Guinea.Typical appearance of a colony on a horizontal substrate.Charlie Veron.
Leptoseris foliosa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Common appearance of colony surfaces.Charlie Veron.