Clausimultelea tuberculata d'Orbigny,
1853, p. 655
Cretaceous, Senonian, Triquerville, Seine Maritime, France
Holotype: MNHN R61776, d'Orbigny Collection (ex 8203), figured by d'Orbigny 1853, pl. 784, figs 12-15
colony encrusting, multilamellar, new layers originating
through eruptive budding from older zooids and growing
radially as subcolonies
autozooids fixed-walled with slender pseudoporous frontal walls delineated by salient boundary walls; apertures tall with a straight proximal edge forming the hinge-line for an operculum preserved in-situ in many zooids
eleozooids fixed-walled, common, slightly longer and
narrower than autozooids; aperture elongate, pointed distally,
in-situ mandibles not observed
kenozooids fixed-walled, numerous, intercalated between
the autozooids and sometimes completely surrounding them,
polygonal in outline and generally smaller than the autozooids
gonozooid damaged in the holotype colony, subcircular
in outline, presumably fixed-walled (as in all known eleids)
The sole specimen in the d'Orbigny Collection provides a good match with his figures and is regarded as the holotype of the species. Taylor (1994, p. 99) placed Clausimultelea in synonymy with Reptomultelea because the defining feature of Clausimultelea - the presence of numerous kenozooids - was not considered of sufficient importance to warrant recognition of a separate genus.
Orbigny, A. d' 1851-1854. Paléontologie Française, Terrains Crétacé, 5, Bryozoaires. Masson, Paris, 1192 pp, pls 600-800.
Taylor, P.D. 1994. Systematics of the melicerititid cyclostome bryozoans; introduction and the genera Elea, Semielea and Reptomultelea. Bulletin of The Natural History Museum, London, Geology Series 50: 1-103.