831 species

Montipora friabilis

Bernard, 1897


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are composed of thin delicate unifacial laminae forming flat or slightly upright whorls or irregular contortions. Corallites are immersed, but clearly visible. The coenosteum is coarse. There are no papillae. The surfaces of fronds have a finely rough appearance. Polyps may be extended during the day.

Colour: Pale brown or mauve.

Similar Species: Montipora florida, which has a more upright growth-form and a smoother surface to fronds with a less coarse coenosteum. See also M. delicatula.and M. capricornis.

Habitat: Shallow turbid reef environments and lagoons.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Nishihira and Veron (1995); Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

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