831 species

Montipora monasteriata

(Forskål, 1775)


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are massive or are unifacial or bifacial thick plates which may be tiered in large colonies. Corallites are mostly immersed. The coenosteum is covered with papillae and/or tuberculae.

Colour: Pale brown or blue (which may photograph pink), with blue or white margins.

Similar Species: Montipora incrassata and M. tuberculosa. The latter has smaller corallites and smaller papillae.

Habitat: Mostly upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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