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Favites abdita

(Ellis and Solander, 1786)

Colonies are massive, either rounded or hillocky and sometimes over one metre across. Corallites are rounded, with thick walls. Septa are straight, with exsert teeth.

Colour: Dark in turbid environments, otherwise pale brown with brown or green oral discs.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

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.
Favites abdita.  Papua New Guinea.  A massive colony with an encrusting base.  Gerry Allen.

Favites abdita. Papua New Guinea. A massive colony with an encrusting base. Gerry Allen.

Favites abdita.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Favites abdita. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

Favites abdita.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Favites abdita. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

Favites abdita.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Favites abdita. Ashmore Reef, western Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

Favites abdita.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Valerie Taylor.

Favites abdita. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail. Valerie Taylor.

Favites abdita.  Guam.  Colony surface.  Gustav Paulay.

Favites abdita. Guam. Colony surface. Gustav Paulay.

Favites abdita.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Favites abdita. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Favites abdita.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Favites abdita. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Favites abdita.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Favites abdita. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.