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Montipora circumvallata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies have partly encrusting basal laminae with irregular upgrowths. The whole colony surface is covered with elongate tuberculae, which are inclined on the colony surface and are fused into ridges on the ends of upgrowths. Corallites are immersed between the tuberculae and are aligned in vertical rows between ridges on upgrowths.

Colour: Greenish-grey with contrastingly coloured polyps.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora monasteriata , Montipora undata

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 circumvallata.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Irregular upgrowths and basal laminae.  Jerry Kemp.

Montipora circumvallata.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Irregular upgrowths and basal laminae.Jerry Kemp.

Montipora circumvallata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora circumvallata.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora circumvallata.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Montipora circumvallata.Southern Red Sea.Showing branches.

Montipora circumvallata.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Montipora circumvallata.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Montipora circumvallata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora circumvallata.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora circumvallata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora circumvallata.Red Sea.Showing corallites.