831 species

Favia pallida

(Dana, 1846)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are massive. Corallites are circular, closely compacted in shallow water, more widely spaced in deeper water. Septa are widely spaced and characteristically irregular. Paliform lobes are usually poorly developed.

Colour: Pale yellow, cream or green, with dark brown or green oral discs.

Similar Species: Favia speciosa, which has more conical corallites with finer and more numerous septa and seldom has distinctively dark oral discs. Favia truncatus has corallites inclined on the colony surface.

Habitat: All reef environments, often a dominant species of back reef margins.

Abundance: One of the most common Favia of eastern Australia, but usually much less common elsewhere.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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