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Favites complanata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are massive with slightly angular corallites. Corallites have thick, rounded walls. Paliform lobes are weakly developed. Columellae are large. Septal spines may be prominent. Costae commonly form a three pointed star where three corallites adjoin.

Colour: Usually brown, sometimes with green or grey oral discs.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: 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 complanata.  Seychelle Islands.  Massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Favites complanata. Seychelle Islands. Massive colony. Charlie Veron.

Favites complanata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in corallite shape and colour and septal spine development.  Charlie Veron.

Favites complanata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in corallite shape and colour and septal spine development. Charlie Veron.

Favites complanata.  Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean.  Variation in corallite shape and colour and septal spine development.  Neville Coleman.

Favites complanata. Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean. Variation in corallite shape and colour and septal spine development. Neville Coleman.

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Favites complanata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps are sometimes fleshy, making the species difficult to recognise.  Charlie Veron.

Favites complanata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Polyps are sometimes fleshy, making the species difficult to recognise. Charlie Veron.

Favites complanata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in corallite shape and colour and septal spine development.  Charlie Veron.

Favites complanata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in corallite shape and colour and septal spine development. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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