Skip to Content
Sign up
Report an error

Montipora friabilis

Bernard, 1897

Colonies are composed of thin delicate unifacial laminae forming flat or slightly upright whorls or irregular contortions. Corallites are immersed, but clearly visible. The coenosteum is coarse. There are no papillae. The surfaces of fronds have a finely rough appearance. Polyps may be extended during the day.

Colour: Pale brown or mauve.

Habitat: Shallow turbid reef environments and lagoons.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora capricornis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Bernard’s original description/ specimens. Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora friabilis.  Papua New Guinea.  Colony on a vertical substrate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora friabilis.Papua New Guinea.Colony on a vertical substrate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora friabilis.  Sri Lanka.  Flat colony on a horizantal sandy substrate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora friabilis.Sri Lanka.Flat colony on a horizantal sandy substrate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora friabilis.  Philippines.  Surface of a frond.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora friabilis.Philippines.Surface of a frond.Charlie Veron.

Montipora friabilis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora friabilis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora friabilis.  Sri Lanka.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora friabilis.Sri Lanka.Showing colony surface.

Montipora friabilis.  Sri Lanka.  Showing corallites.

Montipora friabilis.Sri Lanka.Showing corallites.