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Montipora spumosa

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are encrusting, laminar or columnar, the tops of columns commonly having vertical or flame-shaped ridges. Encrusting colonies may have rootlets. Corallites are immersed, without papillae and are aligned vertically between ridges on columns. The coenosteum is coarse; this can be seen underwater.

Colour: Usually mottled or uniform brown, cream or blue, sometimes with distinctly coloured margins.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora cocosensis

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 spumosa.  Philippines.  Tall spires.  Doug Fenner.

Montipora spumosa.Philippines.Tall spires.Doug Fenner.

Montipora spumosa.  Indonesia.  Colony.  Roger Steene.

Montipora spumosa.Indonesia.Colony.Roger Steene.

Montipora spumosa.  Red Sea.  Surface detail showing coarse coenosteum.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora spumosa.Red Sea.Surface detail showing coarse coenosteum.Charlie Veron.

Montipora spumosa.  Indonesia.  Surface detail with polyps partly extended.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora spumosa.Indonesia.Surface detail with polyps partly extended.Charlie Veron.

Montipora spumosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora spumosa.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

Montipora spumosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Montipora spumosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

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

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

Montipora spumosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora spumosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Montipora spumosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Montipora spumosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

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

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