831 species

Leptoseris incrustans

(Quelch, 1886)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Characters: 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.

Similar Species: Leptoseris hawaiiensis, which has larger corallites and no Hydnophora-like projections on the coenosteum. See also L. mycetoseroides, which has well developed radiating ridges on laminae.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Dinesen (1980); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Maragos (1977); Fenner (2005);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change