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Montastrea salebrosa

(Nemenzo, 1959)

Colonies are massive and mostly spherical. Corallites are circular and closely compacted. Corallites are small (3-4 mm diameter), exsert and have very thick walls. Corallites may face different directions according to place of budding. Septa are evenly spaced and strongly alternate. Costae are strongly beaded. Paliform crowns are well developed. Columellae are small.

Colour: Tan or cream, sometimes with dark centres.

Habitat: Shallow environments, especially reef flats.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Favia stelligera , Montastrea curta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Nemenzo (1959).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montastrea salebrosa.  Papua New Guinea.  A massive colony in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa. Papua New Guinea. A massive colony in shallow water. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa. Papua New Guinea. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa. Philippines. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa.  Vanuatu.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa. Vanuatu. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa.  Indonesia.  Detail of a massive colony showing the extratentacular budding.  Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa. Indonesia. Detail of a massive colony showing the extratentacular budding. Charlie Veron.

Montastrea salebrosa.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea salebrosa. Philippines. Showing corallites.

Montastrea salebrosa.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Montastrea salebrosa. Philippines. Showing colony surface.

Montastrea salebrosa.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montastrea salebrosa. Philippines. Showing corallites.