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Montipora vietnamensis

Veron, 2000

Colonies have an encrusting or laminar base, with closely compacted short upright branches. Coenosteum ridges are mostly vertical but may be irregular. Corallites are large and prominent.

Colour: Dark brown, usually with white coenosteum ridges and branch tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon but distinctive.

Similar species: Montipora confusa , Montipora undata

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora vietnamensis.  Philippines.  Large colony.  Doug Fenner.

Montipora vietnamensis.Philippines.Large colony.Doug Fenner.

Montipora vietnamensis.  Philippines.  Plates.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora vietnamensis.Philippines.Plates.Charlie Veron.

Montipora vietnamensis.  Vietnam.  Irregular upright branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora vietnamensis.Vietnam.Irregular upright branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora vietnamensis.  Vietnam.  Compact upright branches.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora vietnamensis.Vietnam.Compact upright branches.Charlie Veron.

Montipora vietnamensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora vietnamensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora vietnamensis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora vietnamensis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora vietnamensis.  Vietnam.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora vietnamensis.Vietnam.Showing colony surface.

Montipora vietnamensis.  Vietnam.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora vietnamensis.Vietnam.Showing colony surface.

Montipora vietnamensis.  Vietnam.  Showing corallites.

Montipora vietnamensis.Vietnam.Showing corallites.