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Montipora australiensis

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are thick plates and irregular columns. Corallites are both immersed and exsert, the latter having a prominent ring of fused thecal papillae. Fine ridges of coenosteum, which are mostly vertical on branches, join corallites forming a network.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora australiensis.  Seychelle Islands.  Vertical coenosteum ridges can be seen.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora australiensis.Seychelle Islands.Vertical coenosteum ridges can be seen.Charlie Veron.

Montipora australiensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora australiensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

Montipora australiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora australiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Montipora australiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Montipora australiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching pattern.

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

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

Montipora australiensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a sub-massive colony.

Montipora australiensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing a sub-massive colony.