Roniewicz, 1989: 132

Type Species

Coccophyllum acanthophorum Frech 1890: 89, pl. 20, fig. 4-11; Monotypy Roniewicz, 1989: 132

Type Specimen: Syntype; GBA No. 2272; Verified; Dry Preserved

Type Locality: Fischerwiese, Northern Calcareous Alps, Zlambach Beds, Rhaetian.

The type series composed of the specimens Nos. 2272 and 2804 is present in GBA Frech’s type collection, . Numerous specimens in collections from Fisherwiese are housed at GBA and NHMW.



Cerioid; wall septothecal; septa nonconfluent or subconfluent, made of thin septal spines arranged into a half-fan: peripheral spines vertical and remaining inclined axialwards; septal sides smooth; distal septal granulation and denticulation of the internal septal border are regular; dissepiments large, convex or subhorizontal; budding intercalicular. Microstructure: skeletal fibres organized into separate fascicles each forming individual septal spine.


Frech 1890: 89 well described morphology of the type species. First description and illustrations of microstructural features was given by Cuif, 1973: 280,fig.32. The type species was redescribed, and its status redefined by Roniewicz 1989:133, pl.41,fig.5-7.


From Coccophyllum it differs in having septal spines arranged in a half-fan and dissepimental endotheca, while in Coccophyllum the spines are subhorizontal and endotheca is tabular.


Only the type species is well documented; determination of corals from America attributed to the species needs comparison with type material.


  • Southern Europe; Late Triassic
  • North America; Late Triassic
Rhaetian, Northern Calcaeous Alps, Austria. Norian of North America.

This page has been in preparation since 21-Mar-2009 10:05

This version was contributed by Ewa Roniewicz on 09-Nov-2010 23:04.

Page authors are: Ann Budd Ewa Roniewicz Francesca Benzoni. Please contact the editor if you would like to contribute to the diagnosis of this taxon.

The editor is: Ewa Roniewicz

No Images Found