831 species

Favia rotundata

(Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best, 1977)


Oken, 1815

Characters: Colonies are dome-shaped or flat. Corallites are thick walled and circular, ranging within and among colonies from fully plocoid to cerioid, and 19-22 millimetres diameter. Polyps are fleshy and circular in outline.

Colour: Pale grey, yellowish or brown. Corallite rims are usually distinctively coloured.

Similar Species: Favia maxima and F. veroni, which have corallites of similar size, but these are generally more exsert.

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Taxonomic Note: Returned to genus Favites by some recent authors, but retained here as a Favia on morphological grounds.

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