The Echinoid Directory

Salenidia Pomel, 1883, p. 94

[see also Salenidia (Platysalenia) Smith & Wright, 1990, p. 167]

Diagnostic Features
  • Apical disc raised above corona, with large, square-ended ocular plates that project strongly beyond the genital plates.
  • Periproct offset from the anterior-posterior axis; smaller than suranal plate.
  • Apical disc generally strongly ornamented with sutural pits or grooves.
  • Primary tubercles on interambulacral plates without scrobicular tubercles on adambulacral side. Tubercles imperforate and crenulate.
  • Ambulacral plating bigeminate or a mixture of bigeminate and unigeminate.
  • Peristome smaller than apical disc.
Cretaceous,  (Late Albian to Santonian) of western Europe
Name gender feminine
Salenia gibba L. Agassiz, 1838, by subsequent designation of Lambert & Thiery, 1911, p. 212.
Species Included
  • S. dux (Wright, 1967); Late Albian of England
  • S. gibba (A. Agassiz, 1838); Cenomanian of France and ?England
  • S. bourgeoisi (Cotteau, 18**); Coniacian - Santonian of France
  • possibly others
Classification and/or Status

Salenioida; Saleniidae; Saleniinae



Distinguished from other Salenioida by its squarely projecting ocular plates and its relatively broad and granular ambulacra. Salenidia (Platysalenia) Smith & Wright, 1990 is a subgenus distinguished by its rather distinctive apical disc ornament and wide and granular ambulacra.

Pomel, A. 1883. Classification méthodique et Genera des Échinides vivante et fossiles. Thèses présentées a la Faculté des Sciences de Paris pour obtenir le Grade de Docteur ès Sciences Naturelles 503, Aldolphe Jourdan, Alger, 131 pp.

Smith, A. B. & Wright, C. W. 1990. British Cretaceous Echinoids. Part 2, Echinothurioida, Diadematoida and Stirodonta (1, Calycina). Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society 101-198, pls 33-72 (publication number 583, part of volume 143 for 1989).