Favites abdita (Ellis & Solander, 1786)
large star coral
photo by Veron, Charlie (J.E.N.)

Family:  Faviidae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 47 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Colony: massive, either rounded or hillocky, sometimes over 1 m across. Corallites: rounded, with thick walls. Septa: straight, with exsert teeth. Color: dark in turbid environments, otherwise pale brown with brown or green oral discs (Ref. 848).
Biology:  Maximum depth from Ref. 107542. Found in most reef environments (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: 
Country info:   

Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 06.04.17

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