The Echinoid Directory

Braunechinus Vadet, 2001, p. 83

Diagnostic Features
  • Based on isolated spines.
  • Spines clavate, up to 25 mm long.
  • Shaft ornamented with dense and irregularly arranged pustules.
  • Neck short and smooth; base non-crenulate.
Upper Triassic (Carnian); Italy.
Name gender masculine
Cidaris dorsata Braun, 1841, p. 46, by original designation.
Species Included
  • Only the type species.
Classification and/or Status
Indeterminate (spine-based taxon).

Because the species is based on a spine and no tests are known with this form of spine are known, the taxon cannot meaningfully be compared. Vadet (2000) speculatively assigned test fragments to this species but none are associated with spines.

Zardini (1976) provides the most thorough description and illustration of the type species.

Zardini, R. 1976. Fossili di Cortina: Atlane degli Echinodermi Cassiani Trias Medio superiore dell regione Dolomitica attorno a Xortina d'Ampezzo. Luglio, 29 pp, 22 pls.

Vadet, A. 2001. Revision des echinides de Saint Cassian et evolution des echinides post-carboniferes. Memoires de la Societe Academique du Boulonnais 20, 1-116.