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Acanthastrea faviaformis

Veron, 2000

Colonies are encrusting to massive, less than 0.2 metres across. Most consist of a small number of encrusting corallites. Corallites are plocoid. Septo-costae are prominent and have thick teeth which have ornamented edges. Columellae are deep seated. Colonies lack the fleshy tissue of most Acanthastrea.

Colour: Mottled browns.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Favia matthaii

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Philippines.  A large colony with corallite characters well developed.  Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Philippines. A large colony with corallite characters well developed. Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  A small hemispherical colony.  Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. A small hemispherical colony. Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  Colonies are often encrusting, consisting if small groups of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. Colonies are often encrusting, consisting if small groups of corallites. Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  Colonies are often encrusting, consisting if small groups of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. Colonies are often encrusting, consisting if small groups of corallites. Charlie Veron.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. Corallite detail. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. Showing whole colony.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Southern Red Sea. Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea faviaformis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea faviaformis. Red Sea. Showing corallites.