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Montipora foliosa

(Pallas, 1766)

Colonies are composed of thin unifacial laminae sometimes forming tiers or whorls. Corallites are arranged in rows between coenosteum ridges, which are conspicuous and usually perpendicular to colony margins.

Colour: Usually cream, pink or brown with pale margins.

Habitat: Mostly protected upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora cebuensis , Montipora delicatula , Montipora friabilis , Montipora mactanensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Veron and Hodgson (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

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

Montipora foliosa. Papua New Guinea. Tiers of plates. Charlie Veron.

Montipora foliosa.  Philippines.  Forming whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora foliosa. Philippines. Forming whorls. Charlie Veron.

Montipora foliosa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Coenosteum papillae.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora foliosa. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Coenosteum papillae. Charlie Veron.

Montipora foliosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Developed coenosteum ridges.  Ed Lovell.

Montipora foliosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Developed coenosteum ridges. Ed Lovell.

Montipora foliosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Broken coenosteum ridges.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora foliosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Broken coenosteum ridges. Charlie Veron.

Montipora foliosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora foliosa. Skeletal detail. Geoff Kelly.

Montipora foliosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora foliosa. Skeletal detail. Geoff Kelly.

Montipora foliosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora foliosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

Montipora foliosa.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora foliosa. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Showing corallites.

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

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

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

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

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

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