L. and M. Beauvais, 1975: 576
In colony and corallite structure, and above all, in the microstructure, this Bathonian coral is similar to Tithonian Ironella Starostina and Krasnov, 1970: 79, and especially to Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian Ironella rutimeyeri (Koby,1889) described and illustrated in Roniewicz 1976: 83, pl. 21, fig. 2, 3.
Bracthelia collignoni L. Beauvais and M. Beauvais, 1975, p. 580, pl. 1 fig. 1, 3.; Original Designation
Type Specimen: Holotype; MNHN A 32871; Verified; Dry Preserved
Type Locality: Bathonian of Madagascar
Massive plocoid corallum, intercalicular increase. Peritheca granulated made of trabecular layers (but possibly also of dissepimental layers). Corallites circular to elliptical in cross section. Radial elements compact free bicuneiform straight unequal costoseptae. Distal edge dentate, inner edge with flabelliform auriculae, lateral faces ornamented with irregular granules, palis absent. Microstructure rhipidogyrid. Radial (hexameral for the type species) symmetry, bilateral symmetry often present, characterised by the elongation of the columellar space. Endotheca poorly abundant, variable columella styliform sublamellar to parietal and absent according to calices and species, synapticulae absent, septothecal wall with rudimentary septa.
We group within Bracthelia the Bathonian type species and the various upper Jurassic and Cretaceous species of Ironella (Starostina and Krasnov 1970, non Ironella Cobb 1920). These Upper Jurassic species may display a less solid and more variable columella and a higher proportion of vesicular peritheca.
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The editor is: Bernard Lathuilière