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Montipora foveolata

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are massive or form thick plates. Corallites are foveolate (funnel-shaped) and immersed in the coenosteum so that the opening of the corallite is at the base of the funnel. The coenosteum is fine. Tuberculae and papillae are absent.

Colour: Usually pale brown, blue (which may photograph pink) or cream but may be brightly coloured, sometimes with bright blue or green tentacles partly extended during the day.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Seldom common but relatively distinctive.

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 foveolata.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Funnel-shaped corallites of submassive colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora foveolata.Scott Reef, western Australia.Funnel-shaped corallites of submassive colonies.Charlie Veron.

Montipora foveolata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Funnel-shaped corallites of submassive colonies.  Ed Lovell.

Montipora foveolata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Funnel-shaped corallites of submassive colonies.Ed Lovell.

Montipora foveolata.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora foveolata.Papua New Guinea.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora foveolata.  Tonga, south-west Pacific.  Surface detail.  Gustav Paulay.

Montipora foveolata.Tonga, south-west Pacific.Surface detail.Gustav Paulay.

Montipora foveolata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora foveolata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

Montipora foveolata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Montipora foveolata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

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

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