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Montipora niugini

Veron, 2000

Colonies are up to 0.3 metres across, although larger clusters of colonies formed by fragmentation occur together. Colonies have submassive bases and small irregular branches. The colony surface is completely smooth. Corallites are small, immersed and indistinct. The coenosteum is very fine and devoid of ornamentation.

Colour: Pale cream, mauve or blue.

Habitat: Shallow environments protected from wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora altasepta , Montipora digitata , Montipora samarensis

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

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

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Clumps of irregular branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora niugini.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora niugini.  Papua New Guinea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora niugini. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora niugini.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora niugini.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branching pattern.

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Showing branching pattern.

Montipora niugini.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branches.

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Showing branches.

Montipora niugini.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branching pattern.

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Showing branching pattern.

Montipora niugini.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branches.

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Showing branches.

Montipora niugini.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora niugini.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.