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Montipora samarensis

Nemenzo, 1967

Colonies are clumps of thin (up to 6 mm thick) branches which may be irregularly fused or form compact thickets. Corallites are immersed in distinctive pits.

Colour: Pale brown, sometimes with white branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef slopes.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Montipora digitata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Nemenzo (1967), Veron (1992). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

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

Montipora samarensis.Philippines.Branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora samarensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Open branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora samarensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Open branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora samarensis.  Philippines.  Compact thicket.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora samarensis.Philippines.Compact thicket.Charlie Veron.

Montipora samarensis.  Philippines.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora samarensis.Philippines.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora samarensis.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montipora samarensis.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Montipora samarensis.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Montipora samarensis.Philippines.Showing branches.

Montipora samarensis.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Montipora samarensis.Philippines.Showing branches.