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Montipora hemispherica

Veron, 2000

Colonies are usually encrusting but may be hemispherical. Flattened, contorted branches usually occur near the centre of laminae and cover the surface of large colonies. Corallites are immersed. Papillae, grading into tuberculae, are most prominent on laminae; on branches they may be fused into short ridges. The coenosteum is coarse.

Colour: Grey or pale brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora setosa

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora hemispherica.  Red Sea.  Large hemispherical colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hemispherica.Red Sea.Large hemispherical colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hemispherica.  Red Sea.  Colony surface.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora hemispherica.Red Sea.Colony surface.Charlie Veron.

Montipora hemispherica. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora hemispherica.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora hemispherica.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora hemispherica.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Montipora hemispherica.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora hemispherica.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora hemispherica.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora hemispherica.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora hemispherica.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora hemispherica.Red Sea.Showing corallites.