831 species

Montipora caliculata

(Dana, 1846)


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are generally massive to encrusting. Corallites are a mixture of immersed and foveolate (funnel shaped), the latter usually having wavy rims. Individual corallites typically have all or part of their wall missing so that adjacent corallites form short valleys. Parts of walls that remain may be tuberculae-like.

Colour: Brown or blue.

Similar Species: Montipora venosa, which has larger and more clearly funnel-shaped corallites. See also M. foveolata.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

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