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Montipora stilosa

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are encrusting to submassive with exsert corallites surrounded by a neat circle of thecal papillae. Coenosteum papillae are also prominent, giving colonies a spiny appearance.

Colour: Mottled brown, cream or red-brown.

Habitat: Reef environments.

Abundance: Common in the Red Sea, rare elsewhere.

Similar species: Montipora efflorescens , Montipora peltiformis

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 stilosa.  Red Sea.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

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

Montipora stilosa.  Red Sea.  Submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Montipora stilosa.Red Sea.Submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montipora stilosa. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Montipora stilosa.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Montipora stilosa.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora stilosa.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Montipora stilosa.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora stilosa.Red Sea.Showing corallites.