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Leptoseris tubulifera

Vaughan, 1907

Colonies are horizontal to vertical, unifacial, broad, irregular fronds. Fronds form upright cylindrical tubes which may be tall and branched. Corallites are irregular and only slightly outwardly inclined.

Colour: Pale- or orange-brown.

Habitat: Deep water.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Leptoseris gardineri , Leptoseris scabra , Leptoseris striata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Vaughan (1907). Additional identification guide: Maragos (1977).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Leptoseris tubulifera.  Hawaii.  Showing the formation of tubes.  Keoki Sender.

Leptoseris tubulifera. Hawaii. Showing the formation of tubes. Keoki Sender.

Leptoseris tubulifera.  Hawaii.  Surface detail showing the strong striations of costae.  Keoki Sender.

Leptoseris tubulifera. Hawaii. Surface detail showing the strong striations of costae. Keoki Sender.

Leptoseris tubulifera.  Indonesia.  Surface detail showing the strong striations of costae.  Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris tubulifera. Indonesia. Surface detail showing the strong striations of costae. Charlie Veron.

Leptoseris tubulifera.  Indonesia.  Showing fronds.

Leptoseris tubulifera. Indonesia. Showing fronds.

Leptoseris tubulifera.  Solomon Islands.  Showing whole colony.

Leptoseris tubulifera. Solomon Islands. Showing whole colony.

Leptoseris tubulifera.  Solomon Islands.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris tubulifera. Solomon Islands. Showing corallites.

Leptoseris tubulifera.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Leptoseris tubulifera. Hawaii. Showing corallites.