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Favia laxa

(Klunzinger, 1879)

Colonies are hemispherical. Corallites are conical and uniform in shape. They show both extra- and intratentacular budding. Paliform lobes form a neat crown. Septa are fine and neatly arranged. Costae are also neat; a tiny line of demarcation, visible underwater, separates costae of adjacent corallites.

Colour: Uniform, usually pale brown or pinkish-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common in the Red Sea, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Favia helianthoides

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia laxa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Typical surface appearance.  Len Zell.

Favia laxa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Typical surface appearance.Len Zell.

Favia laxa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Favia laxa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Ed Lovell.

Favia laxa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Favia laxa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.

Favia laxa.  Coral Sea.  Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.Coral Sea.Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Favia laxa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Favia laxa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.