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Montipora calcarea

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are irregular thick plates with columnar upgrowths. Corallites are crowded and immersed; those on upgrowths have a slight formation of a lower lip. The coenosteum is coarse, with a light texture.

Colour: Pale brown or blue (which may photograph purple).

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Montipora cocosensis , Montipora peltiformis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Bernard’s original description/specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora calcarea.  Papua New Guinea.  Flat colony with irregular upgrowth.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea.Papua New Guinea.Flat colony with irregular upgrowth.Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea.  Tanzania.  Surface view.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea.Tanzania.Surface view.Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea.  Tanzania.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea.Tanzania.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea.  Red Sea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea.Red Sea.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora calcarea. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora calcarea.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora calcarea.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  Showing an upgrowth.

Montipora calcarea.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.Showing an upgrowth.

Montipora calcarea.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora calcarea.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora calcarea.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora calcarea.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.Showing skeletal detail.