Montanaro-Gallitelli, 1975: 23

Type Species

Zardinophyllum zardini Montanaro-Gallitelli, 1975:23, fig.1--6; Monotypy Montanaro-Gallitelli, 1975:23

Type Specimen: Holotype; IPUM 18836; Verified; Dry Preserved

Type Locality: Alpe di Specie near Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Southern Alps. Carnian, Late Triassic

Figured and unfigured paratypes Nos. IPUM 18838-18960




Solitary cylindric or scolecoid, small; wall thick,its external and internal surfaces finely corrugated; septal symmetry radio-bilateral, primary 6 septa incepted in pairs, metasapta short, unfrequent, discontinuous, at random inserted in either sextant; tabulae occasional, dissepiments lacking; microstructure fibrous, fibers organized in modules.


Up to now, only two species are known: the type species from the Carnian of Dolomites, and another one from the Rhaetian of the Carpathians, described in Roniewicz and Michalik 1991:362, p.1,fig.1-6; pl.2,fig.3-5, determined in open nomenclature.


The most simple structure among the Zardinophyllidae.


Observations of Zardinophyllum by Montanaro-Gallitelli 1974, 1975, completed with investigation of a large group of related genra by Cuif 1975, 1977, resulted in a knowledge of the family Zardinophylliidae (= Pachythecalidae Cuif) incomparable with other Triassic corals. Thanks to preservation of the skeletons in aragionitic form, their morphology and microstructure could be profoundly examined.


  • Southern Europe; Late Triassic
  • Central Europe; Late Triassic

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This version was contributed by Ewa Roniewicz on 11-Nov-2010 13:29.

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The editor is: Ewa Roniewicz

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