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Leptoseris cucullata

(Ellis and Solander, 1786)

Colonies are flat plates which may be encrusting or tiered. Corallites are closely compacted, large, outwardly inclined, with a tendency to form concentric rows. Septo-costae strongly alternate.

Colour: Brown, sometimes with pale margins and/or pale corallite centres.

Habitat: Shallow or deep reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Leptoseris mycetoseroides

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1973b), Dinesen (1980), Cairns (1982), Zlatarski and Estalella (1982). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  A cluster of thin plates.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.A cluster of thin plates.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  The usual appearance of a partly encrusting explanate colony.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.The usual appearance of a partly encrusting explanate colony.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  This species (top and bottom right) is distinguished from Agaricia (centre and left) by having unifacial plates and larger corallites which are not aligned in distinct rows.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.This species (top and bottom right) is distinguished from Agaricia (centre and left) by having unifacial plates and larger corallites which are not aligned in distinct rows.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  Variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.Variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  Variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.Variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.Showing valleys.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  Showing plate surface.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.Showing plate surface.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Leptoseris cucullata.  Caribbean.  Showing plate surface.

Leptoseris cucullata.Caribbean.Showing plate surface.