831 species

Montipora altasepta

Nemenzo, 1967


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are clumps of thin (up to 6 mm thick) branches. These are often irregularly fused. Corallites are mostly immersed, but have projecting lower lips which give the surface a rasp-like appearance underwater.

Colour: Brown or grey, sometimes with white tips.

Similar Species: Skeletal detail is similar to that of Montipora samarensis, but branches tend to have rougher surfaces and are more fused. See also M. digitata and M. porites.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: May be difficult to separate from other branching Montipora.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change