Characters: Colonies are massive or form thick plates. Corallites are foveolate (funnel-shaped) and immersed in the coenosteum so that the opening of the corallite is at the base of the funnel. The coenosteum is fine. Tuberculae and papillae are absent. Colour: Usually pale brown, blue (which may photograph pink) or cream but may be brightly coloured, sometimes with bright blue or green tentacles partly extended during the day. Similar species: Montipora venosa. Habitat: Most reef environments. Abundance: Seldom common but relatively distinctive