831 species

Montipora capricornis

Veron, 1985


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are flat plates in tiers or whorls, sometimes with columns, sometimes encrusting or forming irregularly contorted laminae. Corallites are immersed. There are no tuberculae or papillae. The coenosteum is coarse.

Colour: Uniform purple, blue or brown.

Similar Species: Montipora turgescens, which has smaller corallites and a finer coenosteum. See also M. florida and M. friabilis, which have much more delicate, and thinner fronds and smaller corallites.

Habitat: Mostly lagoons.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Taxonomic References: Veron (1985b); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Veron (1986a);

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