Colonies are massive or are unifacial or bifacial thick plates which may be tiered in large colonies. Corallites are mostly immersed. The coenosteum is covered with papillae and/or tuberculae.
Pale brown or blue (which may photograph pink), with blue or white margins.
Mostly upper reef slopes.
Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora monasteriata.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Tiered plates.Charlie Veron.