What coral is this? Monti?

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Hey so ofcourse I didn’t take a photo before I got home and it has yet to open up fully. I’m going to move it down the rock and see if it’s happier. The owner of the lfs wasn’t there and the other workers are not as good with coral names. I liked the look of this one and wanted to start branching into sps.
Is this a Monti? Or maybe a pavona?
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Cyphastrea, I think, with how the polyps stick out. If you'd like it to look more like a branching SPS and less like an encrusting coral, you can grow it over an old SPS skeleton so it'll take that shape. They cling really tightly to their surface in a thin layer, so can pick up some fine details. I've even seen pictures of a cyphastrea grown over a fake skull to give it a skull shape. Not quite my taste, but looked pretty cool.
 
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Cyphastrea, I think, with how the polyps stick out. If you'd like it to look more like a branching SPS and less like an encrusting coral, you can grow it over an old SPS skeleton so it'll take that shape. They cling really tightly to their surface in a thin layer, so can pick up some fine details. I've even seen pictures of a cyphastrea grown over a fake skull to give it a skull shape. Not quite my taste, but looked pretty cool.

I agree that it seems to be a cyphastrea.

Maybe a purple meteor shower cyphastrea. Nice coral.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it
Explains why it’s not happy where it’s at, I need to move it further from the light if cyphastrea like lower light

and that’s spot on! I looked up pics and that’s what it looked like in the store. Has been pale since being in my tank
 
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