831 species

Favia helianthoides

Wells, 1954


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are submassive. Corallites are conical and mostly uniform in shape, 3-3.5mm diameter. They show both extra- and intratentacular budding. Paliform lobes are well developed. Septa are neatly arranged and are thickened over the wall. Costae are also neat and those of adjacent corallites adjoin.

Colour: Brown, tan or blue-grey with cream oral discs.

Similar Species: Favia laxa, which has larger, more widely spaced corallites, and F. speciosa which has less conical corallites. See also Favia favus, which has much larger corallites and Diploastrea heliopora, which has a similar colour but also larger corallites with much thicker septo-costae.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change