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Montipora spongodes

Bernard, 1897

Colonies have encrusting or laminar bases which may have rootlets. Plates have upward projecting ridges developing into columns. Corallites are widely spaced and immersed. The coenosteum has no elaborations. Verrucae commonly form on lower parts of colonies.

Colour: Uniform dark brown, green or grey.

Habitat: Mostly high latitude reefs and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora spongodes.  Mainland Japan.  Encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora spongodes.Mainland Japan.Encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora spongodes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Tops of columns.  John Barnett.

Montipora spongodes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Tops of columns.John Barnett.

Montipora spongodes.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Detail of columns.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora spongodes.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Detail of columns.Charlie Veron.

Montipora spongodes.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Detail of plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora spongodes.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Detail of plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora spongodes. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora spongodes.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora spongodes.  Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora spongodes.Elizabeth Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing corallites.

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

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

Montipora spongodes.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Montipora spongodes.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.

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

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

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

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

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

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