831 species

Goniastrea favulus

(Dana, 1846)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are mostly massive. Corallites are sometimes cerioid but are mostly submeandroid. Walls are thin, columellae are small and paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Dull green or brown.

Similar Species: Goniastrea retiformis, which has similar corallite structures but is always cerioid.

Habitat: Usually intertidal or just subtidal but also occurs in a wide range of other habitats.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Probably a species complex.

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