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Goniastrea favulus

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are mostly massive. Corallites are sometimes cerioid but are mostly submeandroid. Walls are thin, columellae are small and paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Dull green or brown.

Habitat: Usually intertidal or just subtidal but also occurs in a wide range of other habitats.

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), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Goniastrea favulus.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  G. favulus (bottom) being overgrown by and overgrowing G. australensis (top). These species are easily confused.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea favulus. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. G. favulus (bottom) being overgrown by and overgrowing G. australensis (top). These species are easily confused. Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea favulus.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Typical appearance of irregularly meandering valleys.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea favulus. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Typical appearance of irregularly meandering valleys. Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea favulus.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  An encrusting colony in a sheltered environment. Egg and sperm bundles are in the process of being released.  Len Zell.

Goniastrea favulus. Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia. An encrusting colony in a sheltered environment. Egg and sperm bundles are in the process of being released. Len Zell.

Goniastrea favulus.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  A colony on an intertidal reef flat.  Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea favulus. Scott Reef, western Australia. A colony on an intertidal reef flat. Charlie Veron.

Goniastrea favulus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea favulus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Goniastrea favulus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea favulus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Goniastrea favulus.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Goniastrea favulus. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.