The generic value of Palaeolampas has been greatly questioned (see Mortensen, 1948, p. 292). Palaeolampas has diagnostic characters of Echinolampas, with well developed, asymmetric petals (the two pore series in each petal of unequal length), an inframarginal periproct on a relatively flat adoral surface that is slightly sunken towards the peristome, and weakly developed bourrelets. The type species of Palaeolampas has straighter, longer and more evenly developed petals than the type species of Echinolampas. However, such a character is not worthy of generic distinction.
Lambert & Thiery (1909-1925) use the type species of Palaeolampas to define their subsection (subgenus) eight of Echinolampas; to which they refer 17 species.
Bell, F. J. 1880. Proceedings of the Zoological Society 1880, p. 43.
J. Lambert & P. Thiery. 1909-1925. Essai de nomenclature raisonnee des echinides. Libraire Septime Ferriere, Chaumont, 607 pp., 15 pls.
T. H. Mortensen. 1948. A monograph of the Echinoidea: 4 (1): Holectypoida, Cassiduloida. Reitzel, Copenhagen, 363 pp., 14 pls.