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Montipora dilatata

Studer, 1901

Colonies are encrusting to submassive and up to 0.3 metres across, with irregular branch-like upgrowths up to 100 millimetres thick which become flattened near their ends. Coenosteum papillae are inconspicuous. Corallite walls are well defined.

Colour: Pale to dark brown.

Habitat: Subtidal environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Montipora turtlensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Vaughan (1907). Additional identification guide: Maragos (1977).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora dilatata.  Hawaii.  Irregular upgrowths.  Jim Maragos.

Montipora dilatata.Hawaii.Irregular upgrowths.Jim Maragos.

Montipora dilatata.  Hawaii.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora dilatata.Hawaii.Showing colony surface.