Characters: Colonies are columns or plates with surfaces covered with large verrucae which are dome-shaped or partly fused into radiating ridges. Corallites are small, immersed and crowded between the verrucae. Colour: Usually pale brown with paler margins. Polyps are often brightly coloured. Similar species: Montipora verrucosa, which has larger more open corallites. See also M. meandrina, M. verruculosus and M. palawanensis. Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons. Abundance: Common