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Montastrea multipunctata

Hodgson, 1985

Colonies are encrusting and are less than 0.3 metres across. Corallites are 5-9 millimetres diameter and have thick fleshy mantles. Septa are in 3 or 4 distinct orders. Primary septa have 1 or 2 pointed teeth above the wall; this can sometimes be seen underwater. Paliform lobes are weakly developed. ?Groove and tubercle? formations are usually well developed. Sand, often containing turf algae, is usually compacted between the corallites and is probably held there by secretions of polychaete worms.

Colour: Dark red (which may photograph dark brown as below), with green or white oral discs.

Habitat: Shallow water, especially adjacent to sandy substrates.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Blastomussa wellsi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Hodgson (1985).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montastrea multipunctata.  Philippines.  The usual appearance of a colony surface with sand between the corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea multipunctata.Philippines.The usual appearance of a colony surface with sand between the corallites.Charlie Veron.

Montastrea multipunctata.  Philippines.  Corallites with six primary septa clearly visible.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea multipunctata.Philippines.Corallites with six primary septa clearly visible.Charlie Veron.

Montastrea multipunctata.  Philippines.  Corallites with sand partly removed revealing

Montastrea multipunctata.Philippines.Corallites with sand partly removed revealing 'groove and tubercle' formations.Charlie Veron.

Montastrea multipunctata.  Philippines.  Corallites with sand artificially removed. This seldom occurs naturally.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea multipunctata.Philippines.Corallites with sand artificially removed. This seldom occurs naturally.Charlie Veron.

Montastrea multipunctata.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea multipunctata.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Montastrea multipunctata.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea multipunctata.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Montastrea multipunctata.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea multipunctata.Philippines.Showing corallites.