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Favia stelligera

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are spherical, columnar, hillocky or flat and may be several metres across. Corallites are evenly distributed and conical, with thick walls and small openings. Costae are equal and well developed. Those of adjacent corallites do not join. A crown of paliform lobes is usually clearly visible.

Colour: Uniform brown or green.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments where water movement is strong.<

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Montastrea salebrosa , Plesiastrea versipora

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), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  This species forms tall columns unlike any other Favia.  Ed Lovell.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. This species forms tall columns unlike any other Favia. Ed Lovell.

Favia stelligera.  Philippines.  A common colony shape.  Valerie Taylor.

Favia stelligera. Philippines. A common colony shape. Valerie Taylor.

Favia stelligera.  Red Sea.  An encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Favia stelligera. Red Sea. An encrusting colony. Charlie Veron.

Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing the characteristically uniform appearance of corallites, giving colonies and even surface.  Charlie Veron.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing the characteristically uniform appearance of corallites, giving colonies and even surface. Charlie Veron.

Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Valerie Taylor.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail. Valerie Taylor.

Favia stelligera.  Tonga, south-west Pacific.  Corallites on a column tip.  Gustav Paulay.

Favia stelligera. Tonga, south-west Pacific. Corallites on a column tip. Gustav Paulay.

Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

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

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

Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

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

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

Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch end.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch end.

Favia stelligera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Favia stelligera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branching pattern.