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Leptoseris cucullata (Ellis & Solander 1786). Colonies are irregular flat plat plates that have batches of wave-like ridges facing outward from the center, with distinctive thin lines at the outside edge. Corallites point outward. Found in the tropical West Atlantic. Bahamas images.

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Leptoseris explanata Yabe & Sugiyama 1941. Colonies made up of one-sided blades. Corallites expand as they grow toward end of blades. Red Sea colony and close-up.

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Leptoseris gairdneri Horst 1941. Colonies are horizontal (though fronds are upright) and made up of one-sided blades. Corallites aligned on fronds. N. Sulawesi colony and close-up.

Leptoseris hawaiiensis Vaughan 1907. Colonies as encrusting laminae. Corallites raised irregularly, rounded. Septae costae even. Green or brown in color. East Africa, Red Sea to Hawai'i, Tuamotus and tropical East Pacific. Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, Polynesia pic. 

Leptoseris incrustans (Quelch 1886), Swelling Coral. Most common member of the genus in Hawai'i. Identified by swellings of septo-costae between the calyces. Colonies of only a few inches across occur under ledges, generally in deeper water. Tan to reddish-brown to greenish in color. Indo-Pacific. Kona, HI pic. 

Leptoseris scabra Vaughan 1907. Colonies as unifacial laminae. Alternating short and long septo-costae. Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, Polynesia pic. 

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Leptoseris solida (Quelch 1886). Encrusting colonies with corallites distributed randomly, while forming mound-like ridges concentrically. Redang, Malaysia photos.

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