831 species

Montipora tuberculosa

(Lamarck, 1816)


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are submassive or encrusting. Corallites are small; some exsert, some immersed. Corallites are separated by papillae or tuberculae of about one corallite diameter.

Colour: Usually dull brown or green, but may be bright blue (which may photograph pink or purple). Tips of papillae are often distinctively coloured.

Similar Species: Montipora monasteriata, which has coenosteum tuberculae.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: Lamarck's description (p. 271) is unrecognisable, there is no type specimen and no type locality. Quoy and Gaimard (1833) describe a new species of the same name (p. 247). The type locality is Tonga but there appears to be no type specimen and the description is also unrecognisable.

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