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Montastrea annuligera

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849)

Colonies are irregular or encrusting. Corallites are circular. Septa taper from the wall to the columella and are in three cycles; those of the primary cycle are usually exsert, widely spaced, and have well developed paliform lobes. Most colonies have at least some development of ?groove and tubercle? structures.

Colour: Mottled or uniform green and brown, with darker calices.

Habitat: Protected reef backs and lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montastrea multipunctata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montastrea annuligera.  Papua New Guinea.  Colony with compact corallites and

Montastrea annuligera.Papua New Guinea.Colony with compact corallites and 'groove and tubercle' formations.Charlie Veron.

Montastrea annuligera.  Indonesia.  Detail of corallites removing sediment.  Roger Steene.

Montastrea annuligera.Indonesia.Detail of corallites removing sediment.Roger Steene.

Montastrea annuligera.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of corallites. The species is best recognised by the irregular septa.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea annuligera.Papua New Guinea.Detail of corallites. The species is best recognised by the irregular septa.Charlie Veron.

Montastrea annuligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea annuligera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Montastrea annuligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Montastrea annuligera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.

Montastrea annuligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea annuligera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Montastrea annuligera.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea annuligera.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montastrea annuligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Montastrea annuligera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

Montastrea annuligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Montastrea annuligera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.