species: Leptoseris scabra in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Leptoseris scabra

©Anne Hoggett: Leptoseris scabra colony about 20 cm wide on overhung wall at Cod Hole near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Leptoseris scabra at Cod Hole showing central part of colony with alternating short and long septocostae radiating from the corallites.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Agariciidae
Genus Leptoseris
Species Leptoseris scabra
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Colonies are usually encrusting with a free margin, which may curl and form low tubes. Corallites usually raised and inclined towards the colony margin but may also be flat or sunken. Alternating long and short septocostae radiate from the corallite.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Dinesen (1980) notes that this is one of the most common species of Leptoseris. She found plate-shaped colonies at the outer reefs and exposed locations at Lizard Island. Colonies in areas with higher sediment load are more erect with curled and tubular margins.

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References that assist with identification

  • Veron, J.E.N. (2000). Corals of the World Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Other references

  • Dinesen, Z.D. (1980). A revision of the coral genus Leptoseris (Scleractinia: Fungiina: Agariciidae), Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 20(1): 181-235. LIRS catalog number 47.
  • Dinesen, Z.D. (1982). Regional variation in shade-dwelling coral assemblages of the Great Barrier Reef Province, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 7: 117-123. LIRS catalog number 70.
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