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Montipora verruculosus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are thick, flat, usually horizontal plates up to 2 metres across. Plates are covered with dome-shaped verrucae which are of very uniform size and are uniformly spaced. Verrucae are not aligned as radiating ridges except within 50 millimetres of plate margins. Corallites are small, immersed and crowded between the verrucae.

Colour: Grey.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora danae , Montipora mactanensis , 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 verruculosus.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies form large horizontal plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora verruculosus.Papua New Guinea.Colonies form large horizontal plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora verruculosus.  Philippines.  Detail of a plate.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora verruculosus.Philippines.Detail of a plate.Charlie Veron.

Montipora verruculosus.  Philippines.  Detail of a plate margin.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora verruculosus.Philippines.Detail of a plate margin.Charlie Veron.

Montipora verruculosus. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora verruculosus.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora verruculosus.  Indonesia.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora verruculosus.Indonesia.Showing plate surface.

Montipora verruculosus.  Indonesia.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora verruculosus.Indonesia.Showing plate surface.

Montipora verruculosus.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora verruculosus.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Montipora verruculosus.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora verruculosus.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Montipora verruculosus.  Indonesia.  Showing plate surface.

Montipora verruculosus.Indonesia.Showing plate surface.

Montipora verruculosus.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Montipora verruculosus.Indonesia.Showing corallites.