Favosites – (fay-vo-sight ; fay-vo-sight-ez)


Favosites is an extinct kind of tabulate coral (tabulate means the have horizontal "floors" inside the partitions) characterized by polygonal closely-packed corallites (corallites are the individual "tubes") and is commonly called "honeycomb coral").


Favosites are found as fossils in marine rocks from the Ordovician to the Permian periods (between 488 million and 251 million years old). Favosites are easily recognized by their distinctive form; they were colonial, and the individual structures that house each coral animal are closely packed together as long, narrow tubes. In cross section, the structure has a distinctive honeycomb appearance.


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