831 species

Montipora capitata

(Dana, 1846)


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies have encrusting bases, but are arborescent when fully developed. Verrucae are irregularly spaced and are usually fused towards branch tips or plate margins.

Colour: Usually pale brown with white verrucae.

Similar Species: Skeletal detail is similar to that of Montipora verrucosa, which does not form primarily branched colonies, also verrucae tend to be smaller and more pointed. See also M. setosa.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and soft substrates.

Abundance: Common in Hawaii, uncommon elsewhere.

Taxonomic Note: Shows wide geographic variation.

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