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Montipora monasteriata

(Forskål, 1775)

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.

Colour: Pale brown or blue (which may photograph pink), with blue or white margins.

Habitat: Mostly upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: 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).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora monasteriata.  Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.  Tiered plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.Tiered plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Encrusting plate.  Ed Lovell.

Montipora monasteriata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Encrusting plate.Ed Lovell.

Montipora monasteriata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A large plate.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora monasteriata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A large plate.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora monasteriata.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of a plate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.Papua New Guinea.Detail of a plate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.  Philippines.  Tentacles extended.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.Philippines.Tentacles extended.Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.  null.  null.  null.

Montipora monasteriata.null.null.null.

Montipora monasteriata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.  Papua New Guinea.  Part of a massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.Papua New Guinea.Part of a massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora monasteriata.  null.  Detail of massive colony.  null.

Montipora monasteriata.null.Detail of massive colony.null.

Montipora monasteriata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora monasteriata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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