Characters: Colonies are massive. Corallites are circular and closely compacted in shallow water, more widely spaced in deeper water. Septa are fine, numerous and regular. Paliform lobes are usually poorly developed. Colour: Pale grey, green or brown, usually with calices of contrasting colours. Similar species: Favia pallida and F. truncatus. See also F. helianthoides. Habitat: All reef environments. Abundance: One of the most common faviids, especially in high latitudes