The Montipora Coral is an SPS that is very tolerant and easy to keep compared to its other SPS counterparts like the Acropora. It is a quick grower that can either plate out over the top of the reef, produce long branches and even encrust across the rock. Be careful to leave space in between Monti’s as it can sting corals that it makes contact with. Monti’s come in a variety of different colors and is always a great introductory coral for SPS.
Montipora is a genus of Scleractinian corals in the phylum Cnidaria. Members of the genus Montipora may exhibit many different growth morphologies. With eighty-five known species, Montipora is the second most species-rich coral genus after Acropora. Montipora corals have the smallest corallites of any coral family. Columellae are not present. Coenosteum and corallite walls are porous, which can result in elaborate structures. The coenosteum of each Montipora species is different, making it useful for identification. Polyps are typically only extended at night.Montipora corals are commonly mistaken for members of the genus Porites based on their visual similarities, however, Porites can be distinguished from Montipora by examining the structure of the corallites.
Montipora capricornis Veron, 1985
Montipora digitata Dana, 1846
Montipora echinata Veron, DeVantier & Turak, 2000
Montipora setosa Nemenzo, 1976
Montipora spongodes Bernard, 1897
Montipora undata Bernard, 1897