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Montipora tuberculosa

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are submassive or laminar. Corallites are small; some exsert, some immersed. Corallites are separated by papillae or tuberculae of about one corallite diameter.

Colour: Usually dull brown or green, but may be bright blue (which may photograph pink or purple). Tips of papillae are often distinctively coloured.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora tuberculosa.  Tanzania.  Massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.Tanzania.Massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.  Philippines.  Appearance of colonies on reef slopes.  Doug Fenner.

Montipora tuberculosa.Philippines.Appearance of colonies on reef slopes.Doug Fenner.

Montipora tuberculosa.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.Red Sea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.  Tanzania.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.Tanzania.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.  Seychelle Islands.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.Seychelle Islands.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.  Vanuatu.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.Vanuatu.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.Scott Reef, western Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.  Madagascar.  Appearance of colonies on reef slopes.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa.Madagascar.Appearance of colonies on reef slopes.Charlie Veron.

Montipora tuberculosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora tuberculosa.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

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

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