831 species

Montipora spongiosa

(Ehrenberg, 1834)


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are clumps of irregularly contorted or flattened branches which may fuse. Corallites usually have a prominent lower lip and are deep and conspicuous. There is no development of papillae or other ornamentation.

Colour: Pale brown.

Similar Species: Montipora kellyi, which has branches which do not fuse and corallites which do not have a prominent lower lip.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes locally common.

Taxonomic Note: Sometimes difficult to distinguish from non co-occurring species with similar growth form.

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