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Montipora stellata

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are small, composed of contorted laminae sometimes in whorls or tiers and upright contorted branches which are irregularly fused. Corallites are immersed with irregular thecal papillae. Coenosteum papillae are numerous and are infrequently fused into ridges.

Colour: Cream, blue (which may photograph purple) or brown, often with white ridges.

Habitat: Shallow turbid water.

Abundance: Common; sometimes a dominant species.

Similar species: Montipora hirsuta

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), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora stellata.  Philippines.  Prostrate colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.Philippines.Prostrate colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.  Philippines.  Side view of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.Philippines.Side view of branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Branches forming a thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Branches forming a thicket.Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Compact branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Compact branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.  Philippines.  Detail of a fine branch.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.Philippines.Detail of a fine branch.Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.  Indonesia.  Compact colony of M. stellata on a reef flat with Acropora insignis in the foreground.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata.Indonesia.Compact colony of M. stellata on a reef flat with Acropora insignis in the foreground.Charlie Veron.

Montipora stellata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora stellata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora stellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Montipora stellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

Montipora stellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching colony.

Montipora stellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching colony.

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

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

Montipora stellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching colony.

Montipora stellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching colony.

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

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

Montipora stellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Montipora stellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.