Orbicella faveolatais commonly referred to as Mountainous star coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The offspring of Orbicella faveolata are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Orbicella faveolata, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Orbicella faveolata, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Orbicella faveolata, formerly better known as Montastraea faveolata occurs in back-reef and forereef habitats and is often the most common coral between 10 - 20 meters in these reefs.
The major threats to the species are infectious diseases (e.g., plague, yellow band disease, and black band disease) and coral bleaching; however, this species is also significantly threatened by Sparisoma viride (stoplight parrotfish), hurricane damage, climate change and habitat loss due to algal overgrowth and sedimentation, and localized impacts from bioerosion by sponges and other organisms (invasive species), as well as other diseases.
Orbicella faveolata is one of three Orbicella species and urgently needs protection, opportunities for which include:
Research in taxonomy, population, abundance and trends, ecology and habitat status, threats and resilience to threats, restoration efforts; identification, establishment and management of new protected areas; expansion of protected areas; recreation management; and management of diseases, pathogens and parasites. Artificial propagation and techniques such as gamete cryopreservation may become important for the conservation of coral biodiversity.