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Montipora turtlensis

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies are usually flat plates with nodular upgrowths at their centre. Corallites are crowded and immersed. Thecal and coenosteum papillae are present although not as well developed as in other species of the group, and only on upgrowths.

Colour: Dark brown, green or blue, sometimes with cream tips to nodules.

Habitat: Turbid environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora dilatata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora turtlensis.  Philippines.  Columns.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis.Philippines.Columns.Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Plate-like.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Plate-like.Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis.  Indonesia.  Encrusting plate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis.Indonesia.Encrusting plate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Fused branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Fused branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora turtlensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora turtlensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

Montipora turtlensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common colony formation.

Montipora turtlensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing common colony formation.

Montipora turtlensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common colony structure.

Montipora turtlensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing common colony structure.

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

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

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

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

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

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