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Montipora nodosa

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are massive or are unifacial plates. Corallites are immersed or exsert and are surrounded by fused thecal papillae. Coenosteum papillae are usually present.

Colour: Usually pale brown, green or blue (which may photograph purple).

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora cocosensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora nodosa.  Coral Sea.  Massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora nodosa.Coral Sea.Massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora nodosa.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora nodosa.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora nodosa.  Red Sea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora nodosa.Red Sea.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora nodosa.  Coral Sea.  Surface detail.  Neville Coleman.

Montipora nodosa.Coral Sea.Surface detail.Neville Coleman.

Montipora nodosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora nodosa.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora nodosa.  Coral Sea.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora nodosa.Coral Sea.Showing plate surface.

Montipora nodosa.  Coral Sea.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora nodosa.Coral Sea.Showing plate surface.

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

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