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Favia matthaii

Vaughan, 1918

Colonies are massive and usually small. Corallites are crowded and circular. Septa are thickened, exsert or ragged, with large teeth near the wall. They have well developed paliform lobes forming a crown around the columella.

Colour: Usually brown or grey or mottled, with walls and calices of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Favia albidus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia matthaii.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  A large massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Favia matthaii.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.A large massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Favia matthaii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colony surface showing a common colour and the characteristic appearance of corallites with irregularly exsert septa.  Valerie Taylor.

Favia matthaii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colony surface showing a common colour and the characteristic appearance of corallites with irregularly exsert septa.Valerie Taylor.

Favia matthaii.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallites of a colony in shallow water with highly irregular septa.  Charlie Veron.

Favia matthaii.Papua New Guinea.Corallites of a colony in shallow water with highly irregular septa.Charlie Veron.

Favia matthaii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colour variation and detail of corallites.  Valerie Taylor.

Favia matthaii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colour variation and detail of corallites.Valerie Taylor.

Favia matthaii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colour variation and detail of corallites.  Valerie Taylor.

Favia matthaii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colour variation and detail of corallites.Valerie Taylor.

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

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

Favia matthaii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Favia matthaii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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