Characters: Colonies are hemispherical. Corallites are conical and uniform in shape. They show both extra- and intratentacular budding. Paliform lobes form a neat crown. Septa are fine and neatly arranged. Costae are also neat; a tiny line of demarcation, visible underwater, separates costae of adjacent corallites. Colour: Uniform, usually pale brown or pinkish-brown. Similar species: Favia helianthoides, which has larger, less irregular corallites. Habitat: Shallow reef environments. Abundance: Common in the Red Sea, uncommon elsewhere.