series of photos shows the amazingly rapid
growth of a fragment of a delicate and light-skeletoned
foilose Montipora species. Species
in this genus are fast-growing, attractive,
and easily fragmented for propagation efforts.
They are tolerant of widely variant light
and current regimes, with the amount of "tightness"
between the lamina determined mostly by the
amount and type of water flow to which they
are exposed. One of the primary concerns with
these corals is the presence of predatory
obligate dendronotilid nudibranchs that can
consume the tissue of Montipora species,
leaving white areas that look as though they
have been bleached.
Photos by Chris Green (newkie). Text by