CLASSIFICATION OF FAVIA

KINGDOM :- ANIMALIA ( Multicellular eukaryotic organisms)

PHYLUM :- COELENTRATA OR CNIDARIA (Tissue grade, diploblastic and acoelomate. )

CLASS :- ANTHOZOA OR ACTINOZOA (Only polypoid generation. sedentary, solitary, colonial.)

SUB-CLASS :- HEXACORALLIA (Tentacles and mesenteries in multiple of five or six.)

ORDER :-  SCLERACTINIA (Stony corals with compact calcareous exoskeleton.)

FAMILY :- FAVIIDAE (Stony coral)

GENUS :- Favia

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

  • It is common in West Indies and Florida

HABIT AND HABITAT

  • Favia is a marine, colonial reef building stony coral.

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GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF FAVIA

  • Thick stony skeleton is formed by calcareous or calcium carbonate skeleton.
  • Coenenchyme is produced by calcified coenosarc, which also forms corallites or zooids. 
  • Surface of the body contains closely-placed polygonal cups or theca. 
  • Thecae of the cups are very closed set together having common walls. 
  • It is imperforate or poreless coral, like Astraea. 
  • Favia has long fossil history. It originated in Jurassic period and is still living successfully.
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IDENTIFICATION

  • Besides above characters the animal has characteristic polygonal cups and all above features, hence it is Favia.

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