Favites abdita   (Ellis & Solander,  1786) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Faviidae

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Description
Color: Variable, ranging from greyish-green to reddish-brown, and has green oral discs.

Colonies are massive, either rounded or hillocky. Walls are thick, calices are 7-12 mm in diameter, septa are straight, with prominent teeth. Grows into large, rounded domes >l m in diameter. Corallites 7-14 mm across, cerioid, i.e. they share common walls, unlike Favia-though differentiating between these two genera in the field can be difficult. The fine septo-costal structure is evident when the polyps are contracted. Polygonal corallites range from 5-9 mm in greater in diameter with 30-40 septa and 12-15 of them reaching columella. Pali present on edges of fused septa reaching columella.


Synonym (s)
Favites abdita (Ellis & Solander) Pillai & Scheer, 1974
Madrepora abdita Ellis and Solander, 1786
Favia abdita (Ellis & Solander) Matthai, 1914
Favites abdita Ellis and Solander, 1914
Favites virens Dana, 1846

Common Name (s)
• Pineapple Coral (English)
• Larger Star Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium trade)
Threats:  Natural threats
(Susceptibility to coral diseasea)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Fisheries, human development (industry, settlement, tourism, and transportation), changes in native species dynamics (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), invasive species (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), dynamite fishing, chemical fishing, pollution from agriculture and industry, domestic pollution, sedimentation, and human recreation and tourism activities)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankton
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan Island (Lat: 8.83) (Long: 78.21) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kariyachalli Island (Lat: 8.95) (Long: 78.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Koswari Island (Lat: 8.86) (Long: 78.21) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14) (Long: 94) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 8.53) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA (Record: 1968-1969)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA (Record: 1968-1969)
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Manauli Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pullivasal Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulli Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Atoll INDIA
• INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, New Islet Island INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam (Lat: 8.37) (Long: 76.95) INDIA (Record: 1987-1989)

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