Characters: Colonies are clumps of irregularly contorted or flattened branches which may fuse. Corallites usually have a prominent lower lip and are deep and conspicuous. There is no development of papillae or other ornamentation. Colour: Pale brown. Similar species: Montipora kellyi, which has branches which do not fuse and corallites which do not have a prominent lower lip. Habitat: Shallow reef environments. Abundance: Sometimes locally common