831 species

Montipora verrilli

Vaughan, 1907


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies are thin and encrusting. Corallites are approximately one millimetre diameter and are mostly submerged in the coenosteum. Corallite papillae are evenly spaced.

Colour: Brown with blue centres (which may photograph pink).

Similar Species: Montipora patula and M. effusa, which are not primarily encrusting.

Habitat: Reef flats.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Taxonomic Note: Found to be genetically similar to Montipora patula by Forsman, Concepcion, Haverkort et al. (2010) in Hawaii. The two species appear to be distinct elsewhere.

Taxonomic References: Vaughan (1907a); Wells (1954); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Maragos (1977);

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