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Montipora crassituberculata

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are submassive or encrusting plates or form flat tiers. Corallites are immersed or exsert (intermixed), the latter being conical with thick thecae. Thecal and coenosteum papillae are both thick.

Colour: Usually uniform brown or blue (which may photograph purple). Corallite centres may be brightly coloured.

Habitat: Upper and lower reef slopes.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: 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 crassituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Encrusting plate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora crassituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Encrusting plate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora crassituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Overlapping tiers.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora crassituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Overlapping tiers.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora crassituberculata.  Vietnam.  Colony surface.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora crassituberculata.Vietnam.Colony surface.Charlie Veron.

Montipora crassituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora crassituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyps extended.Charlie Veron.

Montipora crassituberculata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora crassituberculata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

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

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

Montipora crassituberculata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora crassituberculata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.