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Montipora palawanensis

Veron, 2000

Colonies are submassive or laminar. The surface is uniformly covered with very large verrucae which are fused so as to form continuous ridges which form an irregular pattern. Only at plate margins are verrucae aligned in rows. Corallites are immersed deep between the ridges.

Colour: Blue or brown, uniform or mottled. Bright blue or green tentacles are sometimes extended during the day.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora danae , Montipora mactanensis , Montipora meandrina , Montipora verrucosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora palawanensis.  Philippines.  Tiered plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora palawanensis.Philippines.Tiered plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora palawanensis.  Papua New Guinea.  Plates with convoluted verrucae.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora palawanensis.Papua New Guinea.Plates with convoluted verrucae.Charlie Veron.

Montipora palawanensis.  Philippines.  Detail of large flat plate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora palawanensis.Philippines.Detail of large flat plate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora palawanensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora palawanensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora palawanensis.  Philippines.  Showing plate formation.

Montipora palawanensis.Philippines.Showing plate formation.

Montipora palawanensis.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora palawanensis.Philippines.Showing colony surface.

Montipora palawanensis.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montipora palawanensis.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Montipora palawanensis.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montipora palawanensis.Philippines.Showing corallites.