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Montipora caliculata

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are massive. Corallites are a mixture of immersed and foveolate (funnel shaped), the latter usually having wavy rims. Individual corallites typically have all or part of their wall missing so that adjacent corallites form short valleys. Parts of walls that remain may be tuberculae-like.

Colour: Brown or blue.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora caliculata.  Indonesia.  Small massive colony.  Roger Steene.

Montipora caliculata. Indonesia. Small massive colony. Roger Steene.

Montipora caliculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora caliculata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Encrusting colony. Charlie Veron.

Montipora caliculata.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of colony.  Neville Coleman.

Montipora caliculata. Papua New Guinea. Surface of colony. Neville Coleman.

Montipora caliculata.  Cook Islands, south-western Pacific.  Surface of colony.  Gustav Paulay.

Montipora caliculata. Cook Islands, south-western Pacific. Surface of colony. Gustav Paulay.

Montipora caliculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora caliculata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Montipora caliculata.  Indonesia.  A large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora caliculata. Indonesia. A large colony. Charlie Veron.

Montipora caliculata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora caliculata. Skeletal detail. Geoff Kelly.

Montipora caliculata.  Vanuatu.  Showing whole colony.

Montipora caliculata. Vanuatu. Showing whole colony.

Montipora caliculata.  Vanuatu.  Showing corallites.

Montipora caliculata. Vanuatu. Showing corallites.

Montipora caliculata.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora caliculata. Ashmore Reef, western Australia. Showing corallites.