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Leptoseris incrustans

(Quelch, 1886)

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.

Colour: Pale to dark brown or greenish-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Leptoseris hawaiiensis , Leptoseris mycetoseroides

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Dinesen (1980). Additional identification guide: Maragos (1977).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptoseris incrustans.  null.  Typical appearance of an encrusting colony.  Jim Maragos.

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.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.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.Detail of encrusting colonies from opposite sides of the distribution range.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris incrustans.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris incrustans.Red Sea.Showing corallites.