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Montipora cebuensis

Nemenzo, 1976

Colonies are contorted dissected laminae. Coenosteum ridges are prominent. They are irregular on larger fronds, but are usually perpendicular to the margins of small fronds. Corallites occur irregularly, between the ridges.

Colour: Brown, sometimes with pale blue margins.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora foliosa , Montipora hodgsoni , Montipora monasteriata

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora cebuensis.  Papua New Guinea.  Coenosteum ridges form plate margins or column ends.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis.Papua New Guinea.Coenosteum ridges form plate margins or column ends.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis.  Papua New Guinea.  Irregular form of a small colony with M. aequituberculata and Porites lichen.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis.Papua New Guinea.Irregular form of a small colony with M. aequituberculata and Porites lichen.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis.  Papua New Guinea.  Colony of irregular plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis.Papua New Guinea.Colony of irregular plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis.  Indonesia.  Detail of small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis.Indonesia.Detail of small colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cebuensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora cebuensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora cebuensis.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montipora cebuensis.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Montipora cebuensis.  Thailand.  Showing plate formation.

Montipora cebuensis.Thailand.Showing plate formation.

Montipora cebuensis.  Thailand.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora cebuensis.Thailand.Showing skeletal detail.