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.
Taxonomic References: Wijsman-Best (1972); Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977); Veron (2000a);
Identification Guides: Veron (1986a); Sheppard and Sheppard (1991); Nishihira and Veron (1995); Coles (1996); Carpenter, Harrison, Hodgson et al. (1997); Pillay, Terashima, Venkatasami et al. (2002); Chan, Choi, McCorry et al. (2005); Pichon, Benzoni, Chaineau et al. (2010); Turak and DeVantier (2011b);