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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Scleractinia > Family Acroporidae > Montipora sp.
Branching montipora coral
Montipora sp.*

Family Acroporidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This branching hard coral is often seen on some of our Southern shores. Sometimes dense clusters of these branching corals can cover several metres on reef flats. Tiny animals are often seen among its branches.

Features: Colonies seen 15-20cm. Branches cylindrical usually short. The tips of the branches usually white smooth and lacks polyps, tips may be rounded, squarish or flattened. Polyps tiny (0.5cm or smaller) with short tentacles and short body column. In some, the area between polyps is relatively smooth. In others, there may be large bumps between the corallites, about the same size as the polyps. Colours usually beige or brown, sometimes with greenish or bluish polyps.

There are probably several different species on this page. It's hard to distinguish them without close examination of small features and they are grouped by large external features for convenience of display.

Sometimes confused with branching pore corals (Porites sp.). For Montipora corals, the corallites and polyps are not visible on the tips of the branches. For Pore corals, the corallites are visible even on the tips of the branches.

Terumbu Pempang Laut, Apr 11

Kusu Island, Mar 06


Small creatures living in Branching montipora.
Cyrene Reef, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.


Small creatures living in Branching montipora.
Cyrene Reef, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Small creatures living in Branching montipora.
Cyrene Reef, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Branching montipora corals on Singapore shores

Photos of Branching montipora corals for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Pulau Hantu, Jan 06


Sisters Island, Dec 03

Kusu Island, May 07

Pulau Semakau, Apr 08


Labrador, Jun 05

Cyrene Reef, Aug 10

Pulau Tekukor, Jan 10


Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09


Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10


Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10


Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 15

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
   
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