montipora

Is this the ‘True’ Montipora capricornis?

For so many years, we thought we saw Montipora capricornis everywhere. So many people were use that name for just any about any cup-shaped or plating Monti including M. foliosa, M. florida or M. aequituberculata was labelled a ‘Monti Cap’.…

Montipora Identification 1.1: A Guide to the Plating and Laminar Species

Montipora is a beautiful diverse and popular group of aquarium corals with a wide range of colors and forms. With so many species described, it can be quite hard to know where to start when trying to identify a Montipora.…

The Beach Bum Montipora is from a different planet!

Diving along the Great Barrier Reef, under the guidance from master coral collector, Nic Dos Santos from Ultra Coral Australia, we had the opportunity to see a lot of very nice corals. On one of these dive, at an offshore…

Montipora: A Practical Guide to the Variety of Forms Part 1

If there is a group of coral, where we find ourselves struggling to properly identify to the species level, that’s Montipora! Montipora are probably the most popular coral right after Acropora, it’s a fast growing, very colorful group of SPS…

The Montipora That Wanted To Become An Acropora!

By: Vincent Chalias While diving in Australia inshore reefs together with Ultra Coral Australia, we came across some funny looking Montis. Australia inshore dirty, turbid reefs are a Coral disease and parasite paradise. All classic coral diseases are available in…

Spy’s Red Montipora hirsuta is a Hot Strain of Branching Monti

One of the coolest parts about traveling domestically and international is not just meeting new reefers, but discovering new coral strains we didn’t even know existed. The first of these corals that took my breath away while in Europe in…

My Favorite Corals: Vintage Montipora – Green Branching Cap & Leng Sy Cap

In the annals of reef aquarium history, there are two strains which really kicked off the whole concept of ‘limited edition’ corals – the green branching cap and the Leng Sy cap. These two strains of Montipora have been grown in…

Wild Photos of Montipora verruculosus and Related Species

Montipora is an amazing group of stony corals which is second only to Acropora in terms of species number and general abundance. Where Acros are differentiated based mostly on the branching shape and corallite structure, Montipora went a different direction instead opting…

The Leng Sy Cap is Still Unique Among All Montipora

The Leng Sy Cap is one of the most legendary and recognizable of all aquarium Montipora corals. First grown by Leng Sy and then popularized on the label of their Reef Solution bottle, this is one aquarium coral strain that never, ever…

Kung Pao Monti is the Ultimate Strain of Montipora palawanensis

Montipora palawanensis is a species of Monti that has been in our reef tanks for quite some time. However in recent years we’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of strains of this coral, especially coming out of Indonesia. Of…