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Montipora patula

Verrill, 1864

Colonies are encrusting or tiered plates, sometimes over 2 metres across. Plates usually have free edges. Corallites are small and irregular in height. Papillae are concentrated around the corallites.

Colour: Tan. Polyps are usually purple.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Montipora effusa

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 patula.  Hawaii.  Tiered plates.  John Hoover.

Montipora patula.Hawaii.Tiered plates.John Hoover.

Montipora patula.  Hawaii.  Encrusting colony.  Keoki Sender.

Montipora patula.Hawaii.Encrusting colony.Keoki Sender.

Montipora patula.  Hawaii.  Showing whole colony.

Montipora patula.Hawaii.Showing whole colony.

Montipora patula.  Hawaii.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora patula.Hawaii.Showing colony surface.

Montipora patula.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Montipora patula.Hawaii.Showing corallites.

Montipora patula.  Hawaii.  No text reqd.

Montipora patula.Hawaii.No text reqd.

Montipora patula.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Montipora patula.Hawaii.Showing corallites.