Characters: Colonies are small, usually less than 0.2 metres across. The surface is covered with contorted, irregular, large verrucae. These verrucae are not fused into any pattern. Corallites are small. Colour: Pale brown or pink. Polyps are the same colour as the verrucae or are brightly coloured. Similar species: Montipora danae, which forms larger colonies which have less irregularly fused verrucae. See also M. cryptus. Habitat: Shallow reef edges. Abundance: Common in the Red Sea, rare in Papua New Guinea.