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Montipora florida

Nemenzo, 1967

Colonies are composed of thin, unifacial laminae usually forming upright whorls. These whorls may be over one metre high and may cover a large area. They fall over at the slightest touch. The coenosteum is rough with small papillae. Most corallites are embedded; others are tiny and often inclined irregularly on tuberculae.

Colour: Pale brown or greenish.

Habitat: Shallow turbid environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora capricornis , Montipora foliosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Nemenzo (1967).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora florida.  Philippines.  Upright whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora florida.Philippines.Upright whorls.Charlie Veron.

Montipora florida.  Philippines.  Upright whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora florida.Philippines.Upright whorls.Charlie Veron.

Montipora florida.  Philippines.  Ragged whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora florida.Philippines.Ragged whorls.Charlie Veron.

Montipora florida.  null.  Surface detail.  null.

Montipora florida.null.Surface detail.null.

Montipora florida. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora florida.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora florida.  Philippines.  Showing plate formation.

Montipora florida.Philippines.Showing plate formation.

Montipora florida.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora florida.Philippines.Showing colony surface.

Montipora florida.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora florida.Philippines.Showing colony surface.

Montipora florida.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montipora florida.Philippines.Showing corallites.