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

Ridged montipora coral
Montipora sp.*

Family Acroporidae
updated Nov 2019

Where seen? This hard coral with an obvious ridged texture is sometimes seen on some of our Southern shores.

Features: Colonies seen 15-20cm, sometimes much larger. Branches, columns or knobs arising from the centre of an encrusting base. Branches angular, flattened and irregular. The tips of the branches may be squarish and flattened, forming fan-shaped or knobbly tips, white and smooth, lacking polyps. Large ridges and bumps between the corallites, about the same size as the polyps. Colours usually brown, pinkish, greenish with brown polyps. Polyps tiny (0.2cm or smaller) with short tentacles and short body column.

May be mistaken for some branching Pore coral species which look similar. For convenience of display, all branching species that resemble Montipora are featured here.

At Sentosa Serapong, large colonies of these corals are often festooned with many Red feather stars.

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.

Kusu Island, May 07

Red feather stars festoon the coral.
Sentosa Serapong, Jul 15

Sentosa Serapong, Jul 11

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 21
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Kusu Island, Feb 07

Pulau Semakau, Apr 08

Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Beting Bemban Besar, May 10

Raffles Lighthouse,Jul 6

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

Ridged montipora corals on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 22

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Terumbu Hantu, Jun 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

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