Characters: Colonies are massive and usually small. Corallites are conical, with thick walls. Septo-costae are irregular and thick. Costae are strongly beaded. Paliform lobes are weakly developed. Colour: Uniform or mottled brown, green, yellow-green or grey. Similar species: Favia favus, which has more uniform septo-costae and costae which are less beaded. See also F. maritima. Habitat: A wide range of reefs and rocky foreshores of subtropical locations. Abundance: Usually uncommon