Characters: Colonies have encrusting bases, but are arborescent when fully developed. Verrucae are irregularly spaced and are usually fused towards branch tips or plate margins. Colour: Usually pale brown with white verrucae. Similar species: Skeletal detail. is similar to that of Montipora verrucosa, which does not form primarily branched colonies, also verrucae tend to be smaller and more pointed. See also M. setosa. Habitat: Shallow reef environments and soft substrates. Abundance: Common in Hawaii, uncommon elsewhere