831 species

Favites pentagona

(Esper, 1790)


Link, 1807

Characters: Colonies are submassive to encrusting, sometimes forming irregular columns. They commonly exceed one metre across. Corallites are thin walled and angular. Septa are few in number. Paliform lobes are well developed, commonly forming a conspicuous crown.

Colour: Often brightly coloured, brown or red, commonly with green oral discs.

Similar Species: Favites bestae and F. micropentagona. The paliform crown makes this species Goniastrea-like.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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