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Montipora danae

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1851)

Colonies are columns or plates with surfaces covered with large verrucae which are dome-shaped or partly fused into radiating ridges. Corallites are small, immersed and crowded between the verrucae.

Colour: Usually pale brown with paler margins. Polyps are often brightly coloured.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora meandrina , Montipora palawanensis , Montipora verruculosus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora danae.  Papua New Guinea.  Large flat plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora danae. Papua New Guinea. Large flat plates. Charlie Veron.

Montipora danae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Large irregularly encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora danae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Large irregularly encrusting colony. Charlie Veron.

Montipora danae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Irregular verrucae and crowded corallites.  Ed Lovell.

Montipora danae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Irregular verrucae and crowded corallites. Ed Lovell.

Montipora danae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface detail.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora danae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Surface detail. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora danae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing tendency of verrucae to fuse into radiating ridges.  Ed Lovell.

Montipora danae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing tendency of verrucae to fuse into radiating ridges. Ed Lovell.

Montipora danae. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora danae. Skeletal detail. Geoff Kelly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montipora danae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing verrucae.

Montipora danae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing verrucae.

Montipora danae.  South Africa.  Showing verrucae.

Montipora danae. South Africa. Showing verrucae.