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Favia helianthoides

Wells, 1954

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.

Colour: Brown, tan or blue-grey with cream oral discs.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species: Diploastrea heliopora , Favia favus , Favia laxa , Favia speciosa

Taxonomic note: 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).

Map 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.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.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.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.

Favia helianthoides.Philippines.Surface of two colonies showing similarity in corallite detail in the Indo-west Pacific.Charlie Veron.

Favia helianthoides.  Philippines.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Favia helianthoides.Philippines.null.Charlie Veron.

Favia helianthoides.  Seychelle Islands.  Colonies usually have evenly spaced corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Favia helianthoides.Seychelle Islands.Colonies usually have evenly spaced corallites.Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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