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Montipora meandrina

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are small, usually less than 0.2 metres across. The surface is covered with contorted, irregular, large verrucae. These verrucae are not fused into any pattern. Corallites are small.

Colour: Pale brown or pink. Polyps are the same colour as the verrucae or are brightly coloured.

Habitat: Shallow reef edges.

Abundance: Common in the Red Sea, rare in Papua New Guinea.

Similar species: Montipora danae

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Detail of verrucae.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Detail of verrucae.Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Large colony showing upgrowths.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Large colony showing upgrowths.Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Surface detail.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Surface detail.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Montipora meandrina. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora meandrina.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Showing whole colony.

Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora meandrina.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora meandrina.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.

Montipora meandrina.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora meandrina.Red Sea.Showing corallites.