831 species

Montipora dilatata

Studer, 1901


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are encrusting to submassive and up to 0.3 metres across, with irregular branch-like upgrowths up to 100 millimetres thick which become flattened near their ends. Coenosteum papillae are inconspicuous. Corallite walls are well defined.

Colour: Pale to dark brown.

Similar Species: Montipora turtlensis, which does not usually have branch-like upgrowths and has larger, more concentrated papillae. See also M. flabellata.

Habitat: Subtidal environments.

Abundance: Rare.

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