The Echinoid Directory

Echinogalerus Konig, 1825, p. 171

[=Caratomella Strand, 1928, p. 38 [nom. sub. for Caratomus Agassiz, 1840]; =Caratomus L. Agassiz, 1840, p. 7, type species Catopygus avellana Dubois, 1840; ?=Ovulechinus Lambert, 1920, p. 148, type species Ovulechinus pilula Lambert, 1920. ]

Diagnostic Features
  • Test small, subovoid, relatively low, with rounded margin, rounded sides; peristome and phyllodes slightly depressed
  • Apical system slightly anterior, tetrabasal with four genital pores
  • Petals rudimentary or undeveloped, typically with simple ambulacral plating throughout, pores single below petals or throughout
  • Periproct inframarginal, transversely elongate to subtrigonal in outline
  • Peristome anterior, oblique, large, depressed
  • Bourrelets slightly developed
  • Phyllodes undeveloped
  • No buccal pores
  • No naked sternal area
Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian-Cenomanian) of Europe
Name gender masculine
Echinites peltiformis Wahlenberg, 1818, pl. 3, figs 4-5; by subsequent designation of Lambert, 1898, p. 159.
Species Included
  • E. peltiformis (Wahlenberg, 1818); Cenomanian, Europe
  • E. faba (Desor, 1842); Cenomanian-Lower Turonian, England
  • E. rostratus (Desor, 1842); Cenomanian, England.

Lambert & Thiery (1909-1925) list 17 species within this genus.

Classification and/or Status
Irregularia; Cassiduloida; Pygaulidae

Echinogalerus is distinguished from Pygopyrina, Adelopneustes and Conulus by having simple ambulacra, without pyrinoid plate development (Smith & Jeffery, 2000). Echinogalerus is also distinguished from Galerites in having an obviously oblique peristome and a transversely elongate periproct that is subtrigonal in outline. Galerites has a subcircular peristome and periproct (Smith & Jeffery, 2000).

Koenig, C. 1825. Icones fossilium sectiles. 2nd edition 1, 4 pp., 8 pls. G. B. Sowerby, London.

J. Lambert & P. Thiery. 1909-1925. Essai de nomenclature raisonnee des echinides. Libraire Septime Ferriere, Chaumont, 607 pp., 15 pls.

A. B. Smith, C. R. C. Paul, A. S. Gale & S. K. Donovan. 1988. Cenomanian and Lower Turonian echinoderms from Wilmington, south-east Devon, England. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), 42, 245 pp.

A. B. Smith & C. H. Jeffery. 2000. Maastrichtian and Paleocene echinoids: a key to world faunas. Special Papers in Palaeontology, 63, 406 pp.