Milaschewitsch, 1876, p. 229

Type Species

Diplaraea arbuscula Milaschewitsch, 1876, p. 229 pl. 51 fig. 3; Monotypy

Type Specimen: Syntype; SMNS 21875; Verified; Dry Preserved

Type Locality: Nattheimer Schichten, Upper Kimmeridgian Ulmense Subzone (fide Schweigert writtten com. 2010) (Upper Jurassic) from Nattheim (Germany)

The number 21875 corresponds to two syntypes. Only the larger specimen was figured by Milaschewitsch. Fig. 3a was not found



Dendroid-phaceloid corallum with few branches with subcylindrical corallites commonly exsert. Epitheca nearly absent, only some thin and scarce rhythmic rings. Costae subequal and coarsely and regularly dentate with round robust teeth. Intracalicinal increase. Radial elements are anastomosed costosepta perforate in the septal part to compact in the costal part, slightly bicuneiform straight to curved. Distal edge with regular teeth, inner edge with detached trabecules, Lateral faces with conical granules that can evolve into synapticulae. No palis. Trabecules arranged in fan system Microstructure unknown. Hexameral symmetry not deciphered, bilateral symmetry potentially marked with curvature of septa elongation of the corallite and of axial zone. Endotheca of vesicular dissepiments sloping down outward…. , Columella spongious to papillose with cylindrical or slightly compressed papillae. Regularly synapticulate. No wall.


Haplaraea and Diplaraea were put in synonymy by Geyer 1954. This is quite understandable. In the situation of these two type-species coming from the same Upper Kimmeridgian localities, the colonial character is the only difference and as we know in several other families of corals we can consider several morphogenera within a single specific biological unit (Lathuilière 1976). Then the nomenclatural solution here chosen is to keep both genera not as phyletic genera but as morphogenera.


  • Western Europe, Southern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Caribbean, South America; Late Jurassic - Late Cretaceous

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Syntype of Diplaraea arbuscula type species of the genus
Syntype of Diplaraea arbuscula type species of the genus
Syntype of Diplaraea arbuscula type species of the genus
Syntype of Diplaraea arbuscula type species of the genus

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