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Montipora mollis

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are irregular clumps, columns and plates. Corallites are mostly immersed, with fine but distinct walls. The coenosteum is coarse. Low tuberculae are sometimes present.

Colour: Uniform brown, blue (which may photograph pink) or purple, sometimes with pale plate margins.

Habitat: Subtidal mud flats and in other inshore habitats.

Abundance: Especially common in high latitude locations of Australia.

Similar species: Montipora calcarea , Montipora cocosensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Veron (1992). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora mollis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Appearance of a colony at a high latitude reef.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mollis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Appearance of a colony at a high latitude reef.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mollis.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  In a sheltered habitat.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mollis.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.In a sheltered habitat.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mollis.  Coral Sea.  Encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mollis.Coral Sea.Encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mollis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora mollis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora mollis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common appearance.

Montipora mollis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing common appearance.

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

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

Montipora mollis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Montipora mollis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branch tips.

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

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

Montipora mollis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Montipora mollis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony shape.