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.
Shallow reef environments.
Sometimes locally common.
Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora spongiosa.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Compact branches.Jerry Kemp.