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Montipora grisea

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are massive, encrusting, or are thick unifacial plates. Corallites are slightly exsert, surrounded by partly fused thecal papillae. Coenosteum papillae are also present.

Colour: Usually dark brown or green but may be pale colours or bright blue or pink.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora lobulata

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 grisea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

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

Montipora grisea.  Philippines.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora grisea.Philippines.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora grisea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps partly extended.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora grisea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Polyps partly extended.Charlie Veron.

Montipora grisea. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora grisea.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora grisea. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora grisea.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

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

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

Montipora grisea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Montipora grisea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.