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

Family Acroporidae
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? Forming plates or a thin encrusting layer, this coral is often seen on some of our Southern shores. They can form delicate tiers like a wedding cake!.

Features: Colonies seen 15-20cm, sometimes much larger. Flat thin circular plate. Sometimes encrusting with protruding columns or knobs in the centre. The outer edge of the plate is smooth, lacking polyps, usually paler or in a different colour. With bumps between the corallites, these bumps may be smaller or much larger than the polyps. Colours usually brown, sometimes with greenish or bluish polyps. Polyps tiny (0.2cm or smaller) with short tentacles and short body column usually brown, but sometimes also greenish or bluish.

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.

Delicate tiers like a wedding cake.
Kusu Island, Apr 17

Tiny polyps.

Labrador, Jun 05

Terumbu Bemban, Jul 11


Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Sisters Island, Dec 05

Raffles Lighthouse, May 04


Terumbu Raya, Mar 11

Pulau Hantu, Jan 10

Pulau Hantu, Jan 10

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

Plate montipora corals on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Pulau Sudong, Dec 09

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Pulau Sudong, Jun 10

Pulau Sudong, Jun 10


Pulau Sudong, Dec 09

Pulau Berkas, May 10

Terumbu Buran, Nov 10
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