831 species

Favia amicorum

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are massive and usually small. Corallites are plocoid to tubular. Budding is primarily extratentacular. Costae are equal and well developed. Paliform lobes are usually poorly developed. Columellae are small and compact. Tentacles are extended only at night.

Colour: Usually brown, cream or green with pale oral discs.

Similar Species: Favia laddi, which has longer corallites and alternating costae.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially reef backs protected from strong wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Considered a species of Barabattoia (= Favia) by many authors and Dipsastraea (= Favia) by Huang, Benzoni, Fukami et al. (2014). See Wijsman-Best (1972, 1974) for previous use of this name.

Taxonomic References: Wijsman-Best (1972) as Favites amicorum; Veron and Pichon (1982) as Barabattoia amicorum; Veron (2000a) as Barabattoia amicorum; Huang, Benzoni, Fukami et al. (2014) as Dipsastraea amicorum;

Identification Guides: Veron (1986a); Nishihira and Veron (1995); Chan, Choi, McCorry et al. (2005); Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: Changed genus designation from Barabattoia amicorum