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Favia pallida

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are massive. Corallites are circular, closely compacted in shallow water, more widely spaced in deeper water. Septa are widely spaced and characteristically irregular. Paliform lobes are usually poorly developed.

Colour: Pale yellow, cream or green, with dark brown or green oral discs.

Habitat: All reef environments, often a dominant species of back reef margins.

Abundance: One of the most common faviids of eastern Australia, but usually much less common elsewhere.

Similar species: Favia truncatus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia pallida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Usually forms rounded massive colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Favia pallida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Usually forms rounded massive colonies.Charlie Veron.

Favia pallida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Favia pallida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Favia pallida.  Philippines.  Corallite detail. This colour is unusual.  Charlie Veron.

Favia pallida.Philippines.Corallite detail. This colour is unusual.Charlie Veron.

Favia pallida.  Papua New Guinea.  Usually forms rounded massive colonies.  Gerry Allen.

Favia pallida.Papua New Guinea.Usually forms rounded massive colonies.Gerry Allen.

Favia pallida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Typical colour of corallites.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Favia pallida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Typical colour of corallites.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Favia pallida.  Papua New Guinea.  Usually forms rounded massive colonies.  Gerry Allen.

Favia pallida.Papua New Guinea.Usually forms rounded massive colonies.Gerry Allen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favia pallida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites on sheltered colony.

Favia pallida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites on sheltered colony.