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"Honeycomb", Brain Corals, More and Less, Family Faviidae, pt. 3

To: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

By Bob Fenner

Gorgeous orange Faviid in N. Sulawesi

Genus Echinopora Lamarck 1816. Mostly wavy laminar sheets that appear wavy on their ends. (This genus moved to family Merulinidae in recent years. See there as well)

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Echinopora lamellosa (Esper 1795). Thin, wavy laminar sheets. Small corallites (3-4mm.). Indo-Central Pacific including the Red Sea. Bunaken, Sulawesi, Indonesia image. 

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Genus Favia Oken 1815. One of the most widely distributed (though not that common) genera of stony corals. Most corallites circular, uniform in appearance. Plocoid (corallites that are conical with their own walls). Genus and family named for Greek: "Honeycomb" (favus) which the regular size, arrangement of corallites approaches. 

Favia albidus Veron 2000. Usually small, rounded colonies. Corallites crowded, monocentric with thickened septa which extend as large teeth over the corallite wall. Red Sea endemic. DF macro image.  

Favia fagrum (Esper 1797). Small colonies that may be encrusting or hemispherical. Corallites of variable shape, with one to many mouths. Bahamas and aquarium images. 

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Favia favus (Forskaal 1775). Massive or flat colonies. Slightly irregular, conical corallites of about 12 mm diameter. N. Sulawesi images. 

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Favia laxa (Klunzinger 1879). Hemispherical colonies whose corallites are conical, showing both extra- and intertentacular budding. Paliform lobes look like an internal crown. Fine line of demarcation between costae. Pale to pinkish brown in color. Common in the Red Sea where this picture was made. 

Favia matthai Vaughan 1918. Small, massive colonies. Corallites circular, rounded with regular, thick septal teeth. Crown-like paliform lobing between the corallites. Usually brown or grey w/ contrasting walls. Bali 2014

Favia maxima Veron and Pichon 1977. Small, massive colonies. Corallites with regular, thick septa. Crown-like paliform lobing between the corallites. Cebu, Philippines image. 

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