831 species

Montipora flabellata

Studer, 1901


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are encrusting, with irregular lobes. Corallites are small (0.5 mm diameter). Papillae cover the colony surface and are sometimes fused into ridges. Septa are poorly developed.

Colour: Usually blue (which may photograph pink), also brown or purple.

Similar Species: Montipora lobulata, which has prominent corallites. See also M. efflorescens.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Vaughan (1907a); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Maragos (1977); Fenner (2005);

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