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Montipora porites

Veron, 2000

Colonies have encrusting bases and irregular branches which seldom fuse. Branching may be open or compact. Coenosteum ridges are very prominent and form a sinuous pattern over branch surfaces. Corallites are deeply embedded between the ridges. The skeletal structure of the corallites is Porites-like, with very elongate septa which occasionally fuse.

Colour: Grey or green with pale coenosteum ridges.

Habitat: Shallow protected embayments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Montipora malampaya , Montipora setosa , Porites negrosensis

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora porites.  Papua New Guinea.  Thick branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites. Papua New Guinea. Thick branches. Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites.  Philippines.  Upper part of an openly branching colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites. Philippines. Upper part of an openly branching colony. Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites.  Philippines.  Surface of branches showing prominent coenosteum ridges with deeply embedded corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites. Philippines. Surface of branches showing prominent coenosteum ridges with deeply embedded corallites. Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites.  Indonesia.  Compact colony of thin branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites. Indonesia. Compact colony of thin branches. Charlie Veron.

Montipora porites. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora porites. Skeletal detail. Geoff Kelly.

Montipora porites.  Philippines.  Showing branching pattern.

Montipora porites. Philippines. Showing branching pattern.

Montipora porites.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Montipora porites. Philippines. Showing branches.

Montipora porites.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Montipora porites. Philippines. Showing corallites.

Montipora porites.  Philippines.  Showing branches.

Montipora porites. Philippines. Showing branches.

Montipora porites.  Philippines.  Showing branch tip.

Montipora porites. Philippines. Showing branch tip.