Colonies are primarily encrusting but may develop broad explanate laminae. These laminae often have radiating ridges. Corallites are small, closely compacted and superficial. The coenosteum commonly has
Hydnophora-like monticules. Septo-costae are thin and equal, giving colonies a smooth surface. Columellae are small styles.
Pale to dark brown or greenish-brown.
Shallow reef environments.
Leptoseris hawaiiensis ,
Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Dinesen (1980). Additional identification guide: Maragos (1977).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptoseris incrustans.null.Typical appearance of an encrusting colony.Jim Maragos.
Leptoseris incrustans.Cook Islands, south-western Pacific.Detail of encrusting colonies from opposite sides of the distribution range.Len Zell.
Leptoseris incrustans.Red Sea.Typical appearance of a large colony with an encrusting central area surrounded by broad laminae.Charlie Veron.
Leptoseris incrustans.Red Sea.Detail of encrusting colonies from opposite sides of the distribution range.Charlie Veron.
Leptoseris incrustans.Red Sea.Showing corallites.