Alloiteau and Tissier, 1958, p. 268

Valid, originally placed in the Turbinoliidae, but the presence of an epitheca argues against that placement (Cairns, 1997); recently transferred to the Caryophylliidae as junior synonym of Asterosmilia Duncan, 1867 (see Baron-Szabo, 2008, p. 78-79).

Type Species

S. alloiteaui Alloiteau and Tissier, 1958, p. 269, pl. 1, fig. 1.; Original Designation

Type Specimen: Syntype; ; Not Traced; Dry Preserved

Type Locality: Early Paleocene: Puits Goffint, France.

2 syntypes


Corallum solitary, turbinate, slightly curved, free; calice laterally compressed; wall septo- and parathecal, covered by a thin epitheca near calice; costae trifurcate; pali absent but paliform teeth present on oldest septa; columella lamellar.


Distinguished from Sphenotrochus by its trochoid (not cuneiform) shape, and presence of epitheca.


3 fossil species

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