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Montipora cocosensis

Vaughan, 1918

Colonies are submassive, encrusting, laminar or columnar. Corallites are large, crowded and immersed. They have no papillae. Coenosteum ridges may form around the corallites. The coenosteum is very coarse; this can be seen underwater. Septa are prominent; this can also be seen underwater.

Colour: Brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and lagoons.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Montipora calcarea , Montipora spumosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984, as Montipora sp. 4).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora cocosensis.  Indonesia.  Surface of massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis.Indonesia.Surface of massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis.  Red Sea.  Surface of massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis.Red Sea.Surface of massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface of massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis.Papua New Guinea.Surface of massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis.  Vanuatu.  Surface of massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis.Vanuatu.Surface of massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora cocosensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora cocosensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora cocosensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora cocosensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.

Montipora cocosensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora cocosensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.