Favia matthaii Vaughan, 1918
photo by Veron, Charlie (J.E.N.)

Family:  Faviidae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 15 - 25 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: From Red Sea and southern Africa east to Easter Island, north to Ryukyu, south to Australia. Tropical to subtropical.
Diagnosis:  Colony: massive, usually small. Corallites: crowded, circular. Septa: thickened, exsert or ragged, with large teeth near the wall. Well developed paliform lobes forming a crown around the columella. Color: often brown or gray or mottled, with walls and calices of contrasting color (Ref. 848).
Biology:  Depth based from occurrence (Ref. 8294); to be replaced with a better reference. Known from upper reef slopes (Ref. 848). Hermaphroditic (Ref. 113712). Mature gametes are shed into the coelenteron and spawned through the mouth. Life cycle: The zygote develops into a planktonic planula larva. Metamorphosis begins with early morphogenesis of tentacles, septa and pharynx before larval settlement on the aboral end (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 03 January 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans: 
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Entered by: Conejar - Espedido, Jeniffer - 11.12.05
Modified by: Parducho, Vina Angelica - 22.05.14

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