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Montipora spongiosa

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are clumps of irregularly contorted or flattened branches which may fuse. Corallites usually have a prominent lower lip and are deep and conspicuous. There is no development of papillae or other ornamentation.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes locally common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora spongiosa.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Compact branches.  Jerry Kemp.

Montipora spongiosa.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Compact branches.Jerry Kemp.

Montipora spongiosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora spongiosa.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora spongiosa.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora spongiosa.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora spongiosa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branches.

Montipora spongiosa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branches.

Montipora spongiosa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch tip.

Montipora spongiosa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch tip.

Montipora spongiosa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Montipora spongiosa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

Montipora spongiosa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branches.

Montipora spongiosa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branches.

Montipora spongiosa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Montipora spongiosa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.