Name of a type of
Brain Coral (fig.),
with the scientific designation Favia pallida and known in Thai as
It is also commonly known as Pineapple
Coral, Knob Coral, Crater Coral and Star Coral, among several other
names. It belongs to the genus Favia, in the family Mussidae, or sometimes in the family Faviidae, of which
individual species demonstrate a great diversity. It is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific
region, from the Red Sea to Samoa, and occurs in all reef environments,
especially where the current is strong. The Moon Coral is spherical in shape and has a grooved
surface, but not with folds resembling a mammal's brain, as is the case
with many other members of this family, yet it has a rather crater-like
pattern instead. It may be of almost any colour.
See also POSTAGE STAMP.