831 species

Favites complanata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)


Link, 1807

Characters: Colonies are massive with slightly angular corallites. Corallites have thick, rounded walls. Paliform lobes are weakly developed. Columellae are large. Septal spines may be prominent. Costae commonly form a three pointed star where three corallites adjoin.

Colour: Usually brown, sometimes with green or grey oral discs.

Similar Species: Favites abdita, which has more angular corallites and lacks the star-like costal pattern. See also F. chinensis.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

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