The Echinoid Directory

Contributed by Andrew Smith, December 2006

Astropygaulus Checchia-Rispoli, 1945, p. 82

Diagnostic Features Unique specimen incompletely preserved.
  • Test low and wide with wide closed petals.
  • Apical disc central, tetrabasla, with maderoporite dominating; four gonopores. 
  • Phyllodes present, apparently with inner and outer series of pore-pairs.
  • Peristome with sunken vertical-walled entrace.  Oblique [but probably an artefact of preservation]
  • Periproct at posterior of oral face; trigonal; on a raised platform.
Distribution Upper Cretaceous, North Africa (Libya)
Name gender masculine
Type Astropygaulus trigonopygus Checchia-Rispoli, 1945, p. 2, by original designation.
Species Included Only the type species.
Classification and/or Status Irregularia, Cassiduloida, incertae sedis

Possibly a subjective junior synonym of Astrolampas Pomel, 1883
Remarks Based on a single test fragment.  Kier (1962, p. 223) treated this as Incertae sedis.

Checchia-Rispoli, G. 1945 Di due nouvi generi di Echinidi del Cretaceo dell Somalia. Bolletino de R. Ufficio Geologico d'Italia 68 (for 1943): 81-90, pls 1-2.

Kier, P. M. 1962. Revision of the cassiduloid echinoids. Smithsonian Miscellaneous collections 144 1-262, pls 1-44.