831 species

Montipora florida

Nemenzo, 1967


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are composed of thin, unifacial laminae usually forming upright whorls. These whorls may be over one metre high and may cover a large area. They fall over at the slightest touch. The coenosteum is rough with small papillae. Most corallites are embedded; others are tiny and often inclined irregularly on tuberculae.

Colour: Pale brown or greenish.

Similar Species: Montipora friabilis. See also M. foliosa, M. capricornis and M. delicatula.

Habitat: Shallow turbid environments.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic References: Nemenzo (1967); Veron (2000a);

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