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Favia rotumana

(Gardiner, 1899)

Colonies are usually flat and subplocoid. Corallites on convex surfaces are clearly subplocoid, those on flat surfaces are crowded, becoming cerioid and irregular in shape, and may have up to three centres. Septa are exsert, thin and irregular; they plunge steeply inside the wall. Paliform lobes are poorly developed or absent.

Colour: A wide range, usually with contrasting corallite walls and oral discs.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

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).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia rotumana.  Papua New Guinea.  A small colony with relatively widely separated subplocoid corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Favia rotumana.Papua New Guinea.A small colony with relatively widely separated subplocoid corallites.Charlie Veron.

Favia rotumana.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The typically ragged appearance of ceroid corallites.  Ed Lovell.

Favia rotumana.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.The typically ragged appearance of ceroid corallites.Ed Lovell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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