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Montipora capricornis

Veron, 1985

Colonies are flat plates in tiers or whorls, sometimes with columns, sometimes encrusting or forming irregularly contorted laminae. Corallites are immersed. There are no tuberculae or papillae. The coenosteum is coarse.

Colour: Uniform purple, blue or brown.

Habitat: Mostly lagoons.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Montipora florida , Montipora friabilis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1985). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora capricornis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Whorls.Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Whorls.Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Forming tiers.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Forming tiers.Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Forming tiers.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Forming tiers.Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Contorted laminae.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Contorted laminae.Charlie Veron.

Montipora capricornis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora capricornis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

Montipora capricornis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora capricornis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Montipora capricornis.  Vanuatu.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora capricornis.Vanuatu.Showing plate surface.

Montipora capricornis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing column formation.

Montipora capricornis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing column formation.