831 species

Montipora vietnamensis

Veron, 2000


Quoy and Gaimard, 1830

Characters: Colonies have an encrusting or laminar base, with closely compacted short upright branches. Coenosteum ridges are mostly vertical but may be irregular. Corallites are large and prominent.

Colour: Dark brown, usually with white coenosteum ridges and branch tips.

Similar Species: Montipora confusa has larger, more prominent coenosteum ridges and smaller corallites. Underwater, colour differences are distinctive. See also M. undata.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon but distinctive.

Taxonomic Note: Morphological differences with Montipora confusa and M. undata, notably in form of coenosteum ridges, are most easily seen where these species co-occur.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a); Veron (2002a);

Identification Guides: Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

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