WoRMS taxon details
Favia favus (Forskal, 1775)
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|Parent|| ||Favia Oken, 1815 accepted as Favia Milne Edwards, 1857|
basis of record: Veron, J.E.N. (1986). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Angus & Robertson Publishers, London. [details]|
additional source: S.D.Cairns, B.W. Hoeksema & J. van der Land, update Oct. 2007, as a contribution to UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms (look up in IMIS) [details]
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|Environment|| ||marine, |terrestrial
|Distribution|| ||Aldabra [details]|
Indo-West Pacific [details]
Red Sea [details]
South Africa (country) [details]
|Host of|| ||
Cerioxynus alatus Humes, 1974 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Hastatus faviae Ho, Cheng & Dai, 2010 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Hastatus faviae Ho, Cheng & Dai, 2010 (parasitic: endoparasitic)
|Links|| ||To Barcode of Life (5 barcodes)|
To Biodiversity Heritage Library (17 publications)
To Encyclopedia of Life
To GenBank (88 nucleotides; 26 proteins)
To IUCN Red List
To USNM Invertebrate Zoology Cnidaria Collection
Biology: zooxanthellate [details]|
Description: Colonies are commonly nearly perfect hemispheres, frequently reaching 1 metre across. Its calices are about 10-17 mm diameter. Corallites are usually markedly plocoid, usually forming cones about 2 to 5 mm tall and sometimes up to 1 cm tall in sedimented areas. Septa have ragged teeth and do not form distinct orders. Costae of all orders are equal and have regular dentations. Favia favus is widespread and common, though it is not the commonest Favia. Large colonies occur in sheltered locations, while smaller colonies are scattered throughout reef slopes from just below the wave base to at least 40 m. (Sheppard, 1998).
Colonies are massive, rounded or flat. Corallites are conical, with calices 12- 20 mm in diameter. Septa have an irregular appearance. Paliform lobes are poorly developed. Colour: usually dark green, brown or grey. It is often mottled and may have pale calices. Abundance: very common (second only to F. pallida) and may be a dominant on back reef margins (Veron, 1986).
Corallites conical, 12-20 mm across. Polyps protrude and the underlying septo-costal structure is evident when they are contracted. Colour: Variable, ranging from grey, dark green to reddish-brown, and are often mottled with pale centres. Habitat: Shallow reefs (Richmond, 1997); rocks (Kalk, 1959).
Also distributed in Australia in Kalk (1958).
Tropical Indo-Pacific in Kalk (1958). [details]
Type locality: Red Sea (Veron, 1986).
Authority is given to Oken in MaNnae & Kalk (1958) and Kalk (1958). [details]
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| || ||Citation: WoRMS (2013). Favia favus (Forskal, 1775). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207435 on 2013-05-20|
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