Colonies are submassive. Corallites are conical and mostly uniform in shape. They show both extra- and intratentacular budding. Paliform lobes are well developed. Septa are neatly arranged and are thickened over the wall. Costae are also neat and those of adjacent corallites adjoin.
Brown, tan or blue-grey with cream oral discs.
Taxonomic note: This species is distinctive in the central Pacific, but there are unresolved taxonomic issues west of this region. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Wells (1954). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favia helianthoides.Papua New Guinea.Colonies usually have evenly spaced corallites.Neville Coleman.
Favia helianthoides.Tanzania.Surface of a massive colony showing the typically uniform arrangement of corallites.Charlie Veron.
Favia helianthoides.Seychelle Islands.Surface of two colonies showing similarity in corallite detail in the Indo-west Pacific.Charlie Veron.
Favia helianthoides.Philippines.Surface of two colonies showing similarity in corallite detail in the Indo-west Pacific.Charlie Veron.