Milne Edwards, 1857, p. 426

Favia was originally described by Oken (1815, p. 67), who listed "Favia ananas" (=Favia fragum) first as belonging to the genus. However, according to ICZN Opinion 417 (September 1956), the names originally proposed by Oken (1815) are rejected. Therefore authorship is based on subsequent use of the name. Ehrenberg (1834) was the second to use the name Favia, but assigned an assortment of species to the genus, all of which have been subsequently assigned to other genera. Cuif and Perrin (1999) indicate "Milne-Edwards, 1857" as the author of Favia, after Verrill (1901). This usage is followed here.

Type Species

Madrepora fragum Esper, 1795, p. 79, pl. 64, figs. 1, 2; Subsequent Designation Verrill, 1901: 88

Type Specimen: Holotype; ; Lost; Unknown

Type Locality: “südlichen Americanischen Meeren” (Esper, 1795, p.80) (Recent)




  • South Asia, West Asia; Middle Jurassic - Late Jurassic
  • East Asia, West Asia; Late Jurassic - Early Cretaceous
  • Western Europe, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, East Asia, Australasia, North America, Caribbean, West Asia; Early Cretaceous - Late Cretaceous
  • North Africa; Paleocene
  • Subsaharan Africa; Paleocene
  • Western Europe; Eocene
  • Eastern Europe; Eocene
  • South Asia; Eocene
  • Micronesia; Eocene
  • Caribbean; Eocene
  • South America; Eocene
  • Southeast Asia; Eocene
  • Subsaharan Africa; Oligocene - Miocene
  • Southern Europe; Oligocene
  • Subsaharan Africa; Oligocene
  • Caribbean; Oligocene
  • Caribbean, Southeast Asia; Miocene - Pliocene
  • Western Europe; Miocene
  • Southern Europe; Miocene
  • Eastern Europe; Miocene
  • North Africa; Miocene
  • Subsaharan Africa; Miocene
  • South Asia; Miocene
  • East Asia; Miocene
  • Melanesia; Miocene
  • Micronesia; Miocene
  • North America; Miocene
  • Central America; Miocene
  • Caribbean; Miocene
  • West Asia; Miocene
  • Southeast Asia; Miocene
  • Central America, Southeast Asia; Pliocene - Pleistocene
  • East Asia; Pliocene
  • Polynesia; Pliocene
  • Central America; Pliocene
  • Caribbean; Pliocene
  • Southeast Asia; Pliocene
  • East Asia; Pleistocene - Holocene
  • North Africa; Pleistocene
  • Subsaharan Africa; Pleistocene
  • South Asia; Pleistocene
  • East Asia; Pleistocene
  • Australasia; Pleistocene
  • Melanesia; Pleistocene
  • Polynesia; Pleistocene
  • North America; Pleistocene
  • Central America; Pleistocene
  • Caribbean; Pleistocene
  • West Asia; Pleistocene
  • Southeast Asia; Pleistocene
  • Indian Ocean; Recent
  • Western Pacific; Recent
  • Central Pacific; Recent
  • Eastern Pacific; Recent
  • Western Atlantic; Recent
  • Eastern Atlantic; Recent
  • Subsaharan Africa; Holocene
  • South Asia; Holocene
  • East Asia; Holocene
  • Australasia; Holocene
  • Melanesia; Holocene
  • Micronesia; Holocene
  • Polynesia; Holocene
  • North America; Holocene
  • South America; Holocene
  • West Asia; Holocene
  • West Indian Ocean Islands; Holocene
Source: Paleobiology database (5/28/12), Veron (2000). Historical distribution: Cretaceous-Recent., cosmopolitan (Wells, 1956). Distribution compiled by Matthew Tibbits. Update: Modern members of the traditional genus Favia have been recently been subdivided into Favia (restricted to the Atlantic) and Dipsastraea (restricted to the Indo-Pacific), see Budd et al. (2012). Its fossil distribution has yet to be reassessed.

This page has been in preparation since 06-Oct-2009 22:26

This version was contributed by Ann Budd on 27-Dec-2012 19:49.

Page authors are: Ann Budd. Please contact the editor if you would like to contribute to the diagnosis of this taxon.

The editor is: Ann Budd

Neotype of Madrepora fragum Esper
Neotype of Madrepora fragum Esper