Author: Andrew Baird
Species: Montipora albanesei sp. nov.
Project Phoenix members are in the field chasing topotypes and discovering new species.
Yesterday, while in the lagoon of Cocos Keeling Island, we came across fields of Montipora including at least 3 species we have never seen before. If these do turn out to be new, we plan to call the species imaged below as Montipora albanesei in honour of the new prime minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese. Go Albo!