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Montipora aequituberculata

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are encrusting or composed of thin unifacial laminae often arranged in oblique overlapping whorls and sometimes forming tubes. Corallites are immersed or exsert and are surrounded by thecal papillae. These are frequently fused into short ridges near margins and may form hoods over the corallites. Coenosteum papillae are thick and fused.

Colour: Usually a uniform brown, cream or purple, with pale margins. Sometimes brightly coloured.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common; may be a dominant species on sheltered upper reef slopes.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora aequituberculata.  Sri Lanka.  Colony on a reef slope or lagoon.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Sri Lanka.Colony on a reef slope or lagoon.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  Plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Irregular shapes including tubes.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Irregular shapes including tubes.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Detail of tubes.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Detail of tubes.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of contorted plate margins.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of contorted plate margins.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Detail of a colony encrusting dead branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Detail of a colony encrusting dead branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Tanzania.  Detail of a thick plate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Tanzania.Detail of a thick plate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.  null.  null.  null.

Montipora aequituberculata.null.null.null.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Overlapping tiers of plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Overlapping tiers of plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora aequituberculata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora aequituberculata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing fused plates.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing fused plates.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Montipora aequituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  No text reqd.

Montipora aequituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.No text reqd.