The Echinoid Directory

Garumnaster Lambert, 1907, p. 718

Diagnostic Features
  • Test ovate without frontal sulcus. Upper surface convex, lower face flat.
  • Apical disc plating holasterid; three gonopores (no gonopore on genital plate 2). Slightly anterior of centre.
  • Aboral ambulacra with small, undifferentiated pore-pairs; apetaloid.
  • Peristome oval and very slightly depressed. No groove in frontal ambulacrum leading to peristome.
  • Periproct supramarginal, with weak subanal heel.
  • Plastron plating orthosternous with single large sternal plate following labral plate. Episternal plates almost symmetric. No rostral plate.
  • Aboral tuberculation fine.
  • ?Subanal fasciole probably present in holotype, but test very abraded.
Early Palaeocene, Tuco, France.
Name gender masculine
Garumnaster michaleti Lambert, 1907 p. 718, by original designation. Holotype: Museum National d\'Histoire Naturelle, Paris J01136.
Species Included
Only the type species.
Classification and/or Status

Holasteroida, Meridosternata, Urechinina.



Differs from Cibaster in having three gonopores and an orthosternous plastron. It may be synonymous with the poorly known Ganbirettia, from the same region and horizon. The test is worn smooth so that tuberculation patterns are almost entirely indeterminate. However, there appear to be slight traces of a subanal fasciole. Very similar to Basseaster but with three gonopores not four and with convex anterior.

Lambert, J. 1907. Note sur quelques echindes de la Haute-Garonne. Bulletin de la Societe geologique de France Series 4 6, 695-723, 3 pls (for 1906).

Smith A. B. & Jeffery, C. H. 2000. Maastrichtian and Palaeocene echinoids: a key to world faunas. Special Papers in Palaeontology 63, 1-404.