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Montipora turgescens

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are massive, flat, hemispherical or columnar. In habitats exposed to strong wave action the surface is usually mounded. Corallites are immersed. The coenosteum has no elaborations.

Colour: Brown, cream or purple.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora orientalis

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 turgescens.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora turgescens.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Large colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora turgescens.  Solomon Islands.  Colony on a sheltered reef.  Neville Coleman.

Montipora turgescens.Solomon Islands.Colony on a sheltered reef.Neville Coleman.

Montipora turgescens.  Tanzania.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora turgescens.Tanzania.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora turgescens. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora turgescens.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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