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Montipora verrucosa

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are submassive, form columns, or are laminar. The surface is uniformly covered with large rounded verrucae. Corallites are immersed between the verrucae.

Colour: Blue or brown, uniform or mottled. Bright blue (which may photograph purple) or green tentacles are sometimes extended during the day.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Montipora palawanensis , Montipora verruculosus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: 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 verrucosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Column formation.  John Barnett.

Montipora verrucosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Column formation.John Barnett.

Montipora verrucosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Encrusting growth form.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora verrucosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Encrusting growth form.Charlie Veron.

Montipora verrucosa.  Vanuatu.  Showing regular appearance of verrucae away from colony centre.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora verrucosa.Vanuatu.Showing regular appearance of verrucae away from colony centre.Charlie Veron.

Montipora verrucosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing irregular appearance of verrucae near the edge of colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora verrucosa.Papua New Guinea.Showing irregular appearance of verrucae near the edge of colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora verrucosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora verrucosa.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

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

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

Montipora verrucosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora verrucosa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.

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

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