831 species

Leptoseris mycetoseroides

Wells, 1954


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Characters: Colonies are encrusting or laminar plates which frequently exceed one metre across. Plates have small irregular folds on the surface. Corallites are crowded between the folds except towards the periphery where they are aligned in rows parallel to the margins. They are outwardly inclined. Septo-costae are fine and even.

Colour: Mottled brown and green, usually dark colours if shaded.

Similar Species: Leptoseris foliosa, which is distinguished by its smooth surface and rounded corallite openings. See also L. yabei and Pavona varians.

Habitat: Reef slopes protected from wave action, especially steeply sloping or vertical walls.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
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