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Montipora hispida

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies may be submassive, laminar, columnar or digitate or various combinations of these growth-forms. Laminar and digitate forms are usually found in turbid water, submassive and columnar forms occur on reef slopes. Corallites are both immersed and exsert, the latter having prominent thecal papillae. Shorter papillae also occur on the coenosteum, which is coarse.

Colour: Pale brown, sometimes with white branch tips and white tentacles.

Habitat: Most turbid water habitats.

Abundance: Common on the Great Barrier Reef, usually uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Montipora cactus , Montipora gaimardi

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 hispida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colony with encrusting base and thickets of columns.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hispida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colony with encrusting base and thickets of columns.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hispida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Columns in turbid water.  Ed Lovell.

Montipora hispida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Columns in turbid water.Ed Lovell.

Montipora hispida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Column formation.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora hispida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Column formation.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora hispida.  Philippines.  Plate-like colony in shallow lagoon.  Doug Fenner.

Montipora hispida.Philippines.Plate-like colony in shallow lagoon.Doug Fenner.

Montipora hispida.  Philippines.  Polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hispida.Philippines.Polyps extended.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hispida.  Philippines.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hispida.Philippines.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hispida. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora hispida.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora hispida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Montipora hispida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching pattern.

Montipora hispida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate with branches.

Montipora hispida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate with branches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montipora hispida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing complex of plates and branches.

Montipora hispida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing complex of plates and branches.

Montipora hispida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Montipora hispida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.