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Favia maxima

Veron and Pichon, 1977

Colonies are massive and usually small. Corallites have well defined walls. Septa are regular, thickened at the wall and with conspicuous paliform lobes forming a crown around the columella. Polyps may be fleshy.

Colour: Brown or yellow-brown with dull green or white oral discs.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Favia vietnamensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia maxima.  Philippines.  Corallites are large with a conspicuous paliform crown that can be seen underwater.  Charlie Veron.

Favia maxima.Philippines.Corallites are large with a conspicuous paliform crown that can be seen underwater.Charlie Veron.

Favia maxima.  Guam.  Colony surface.  Gustav Paulay.

Favia maxima.Guam.Colony surface.Gustav Paulay.

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

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

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

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

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

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