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Montipora echinata

Veron, DeVantier and Turak, 2000

Colonies are clumps of irregularly fused branches. Corallites are small, irregularly spaced and immersed in the coenosteum, which is coarse. Coenosteum papillae are large and very elaborate, giving the colonies a spiny appearance.

Colour: Creamy-brown.

Habitat: Shallow semi-sheltered reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Montipora crassituberculata , Montipora kellyi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Montipora echinata.  Red Sea.  Irregular branches with exsert papillae.  Emre Turak.

Montipora echinata.Red Sea.Irregular branches with exsert papillae.Emre Turak.

Montipora echinata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora echinata.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora echinata.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Montipora echinata.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Montipora echinata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora echinata.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Montipora echinata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Montipora echinata.Red Sea.Showing corallites.