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Updated 8/15/2014

Family Acroporidae

Montipora, Rice Corals

Rice corals are abundant throughout the Indo-Pacific and Hawaii.  The skeleton is quite porous and therefore relatively fragile but fast-growing.  They are found in a variety of habitats and especially fine plate-like growths may be found in quiet bays.  Calices are small, simple pits surrounded by rods, nodules, or fused ridges.  Identification of many species is difficult even for experts.

All coral skeletons illustrated are from scientific collections taken prior to 1998.

Video by Bill Unruh

 

HAWAII


Montipora capitata

RICE CORAL

 

Montipora patula

RINGED RICE CORAL

 

 

Montipora flabellata

BLUE RICE CORAL

 

Montipora dilatata

PURPLE RICE CORAL

 

Montipora studeri

STUDER'S RICE CORAL

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Montipora hispida

HISPID RICE CORAL

 

Montipora grisea

RASP MONTIPORA

Montipora nodosa

KNOTTED RICE CORAL

 

Montipora monasteriata

MONASTERY RICE CORAL