AppearanceColonies are massive and usually small. Corallites have well defined walls. Septa are regular, thickened at the wall and with conspicuous paliform lobes forming a crown around the columella. Polyps may be fleshy.
Colour: Brown or yellow-brown with dull green or white oral discs.
NamingSynonym: Favia maxima. It has been reclassified not as Favia from Faviidae family but as Dipsastraea from the Merulinidae family.
DistributionIndo-pacific from Thailand and Malaysia to New Caledoonia and Australia.
BehaviorThe polyps are large and fleshy and active at night.
HabitatUpper reef slopes.
FoodThey live in symbiosis with zooxanthellae whose products mostly nourish them.
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Book: Corals Indo-Pacific Field Guide by Harry Erhardt and Daniel Knop, p 183.