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Temporal range: Late Ordovician-Late Permian
~452–265 Ma
Favosites sp. from the Upper Ordovician of southern Indiana
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Family: Favositidae
Genus: Favosites
Lamarck 1816
Type species
F. gothlandicus

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Stereo image
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More polished Favosites fossil.

Favosites is an extinct genus of tabulate coral characterized by polygonal closely packed corallites (giving it the common name "honeycomb coral").[1] The walls between corallites are pierced by pores known as mural pores which allowed transfer of nutrients between polyps. Favosites, like all coral, thrived in warm sunlit seas, forming colourful reefs, feeding by filtering microscopic plankton with their stinging tentacles.[2] The genus had a worldwide distribution from the Late Ordovician to Late Permian.[3]


The following species of Favosites have been described:[3]

  • F. abnormis
  • F. adaverensis
  • F. afghanicus
  • F. antiquus
  • F. bowerbanki
  • F. burkhanensis
  • F. desolatus
  • F. exilis
  • F. fallax
  • F. favosiformis
  • F. favosus
  • F. fusiforme
  • F. goldfussi
  • F. gothlandicus
  • F. hisingeri
  • F. ingens
  • F. intricatus
  • F. issensis
  • F. jaaniensis
  • F. kalevi
  • F. lichenarioides
  • F. mirandus
  • F. multicarinatus
  • F. oculiporoides
  • F. permica
  • F. petropolitana
  • F. praemaximus
  • F. privatus
  • F. serratus
  • F. subfavosus
  • F. subforbesi



  1. ^ Boardman, R.S. (1987). Fossil Invertebrates. Blackwell. p. 714.
  2. ^ Feldman, R.M.; Hackathorn (1996). Fossils of Ohio. Ohio Division of Geological Survey Bulletin 70. p. 577.
  3. ^ a b Favosites at Fossilworks.org