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Montipora mactanensis

Nemenzo, 1979

Colonies are thin plates with some tendency to form columns. Verrucae are low mounds fused into neat radiating ridges. Corallites are aligned between the ridges.

Colour: Pale brown with pale blue margins to plates and columns (which may photograph pink). Polyps are often white.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora danae , Montipora verruculosus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Nemenzo (1979). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora mactanensis.  Philippines.  Large colony of tiered plated.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.Philippines.Large colony of tiered plated.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.  Philippines.  Plates with verrucae fused into low radiating ridges.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.Philippines.Plates with verrucae fused into low radiating ridges.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of a plate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.Papua New Guinea.Detail of a plate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.  Philippines.  Part of an irregular plate edge.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.Philippines.Part of an irregular plate edge.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.  Indonesia.  Whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis.Indonesia.Whorls.Charlie Veron.

Montipora mactanensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora mactanensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora mactanensis.  Philippines.  Showing plate formation.

Montipora mactanensis.Philippines.Showing plate formation.

Montipora mactanensis.  Philippines.  Showing plate edge.

Montipora mactanensis.Philippines.Showing plate edge.

Montipora mactanensis.  Philippines.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora mactanensis.Philippines.Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora mactanensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora mactanensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing skeletal detail.

Montipora mactanensis.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Montipora mactanensis.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.