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Montastrea valenciennesi

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848)

Colonies are submassive to encrusting, with angular corallites 8-15 millimetres diameter. ?Groove and tubercle? formations are well developed. Long and short septa strongly alternate, are thickened over walls and are uniformly toothed.

Colour: Usually green, brown or yellow with white septa and sometimes green oral discs.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Montastrea colemani

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977), Veron and Hodgson (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montastrea valenciennesi.  Papua New Guinea.  A small submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea valenciennesi. Papua New Guinea. A small submassive colony. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea valenciennesi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea valenciennesi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea valenciennesi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea valenciennesi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea valenciennesi.  Guam.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Gustav Paulay.

Montastrea valenciennesi. Guam. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Gustav Paulay.

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

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

Montastrea valenciennesi.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites of exposed colony.

Montastrea valenciennesi. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites of exposed colony.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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