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Montipora hirsuta

Nemenzo, 1967

Colonies are clumps of highly contorted branches which usually have flattened tips. Coenosteum papillae are fused into ridges near branch tips.

Colour: Cream or brown, with white or blue (which may photograph pink) branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montipora stellata

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 hirsuta.  Philippines.  Colony of compact branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Colony of compact branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hirsuta.  Philippines.  Branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hirsuta.  Philippines.  Branch detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Branch detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hirsuta.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Showing branches.

Montipora hirsuta.  Philippines.  Showing colony structure.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Showing colony structure.

Montipora hirsuta.  Philippines.  Showing colony structure.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Showing colony structure.

Montipora hirsuta.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Showing branches.

Montipora hirsuta.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Montipora hirsuta.Philippines.Showing branches.