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Favites vasta

(Klunzinger, 1879)

Colonies are massive and are commonly over one metre across. Corallites are deep and angular and have very thick walls. Septa are equal, uniform, not exsert and finely toothed. Paliform lobes are usually present.

Colour: Walls are always uniform amber with cream or white oral discs.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Favites flexuosa

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species was incorrectly synonymised with Favites flexuosa by Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983, as F. flexuosa). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991, as F. flexuosa).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Favites vasta.  Papua New Guinea.  A hemispherical colony.  Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.Papua New Guinea.A hemispherical colony.Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.  Tanzania.  Surface of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.Tanzania.Surface of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.  Tanzania.  The usual appearance of a small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.Tanzania.The usual appearance of a small colony.Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.Papua New Guinea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Favites vasta.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail.  Neville Coleman.

Favites vasta.Papua New Guinea.Corallite detail.Neville Coleman.

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

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

Favites vasta.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Favites vasta.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Favites vasta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Favites vasta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.