831 species

Leptoseris papyracea

(Dana, 1846)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Characters: Colonies are delicate, unifacial, contorted, irregularly divided fronds, each frond having just a few corallites. Tentacles are sometimes extended during the day.

Colour: Pale brown upper surface. Pale brown or white undersurface.

Similar Species: Leptoseris gardineri, which is substantially larger and coarser and has fronds containing many corallites.

Habitat: Usually restricted to inter-reef areas on soft horizontal substrates where there is little sediment movement, but occasionally occurs in shallow habitats between the branches of other corals.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but may be a dominant species.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
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