Pleurodictyum is an extinct genus of tabulate corals, characterized by polygonal corallites.[1] Colonies commonly encrust hard substrates such as rocks, shells and carbonate hardgrounds.[2]

Temporal range: Late Silurian-Early Carboniferous
~418–345 Ma
P. americanum from the Givetian Kashong Shale (Hamilton Group) of Livingston County, New York
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Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Tabulata
Family: Favositidae
Genus: Pleurodictyum
Goldfuss 1829
P. americanum
Binomial name
Pleurodictyum americanum
Roemer 1876

Distribution edit

Fossils of Pleurodictyum have been found in:[3]


Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Tajikistan, and the United States (Kentucky, Wisconsin)


Algeria, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada (Ontario), China, Colombia (Floresta Formation, Altiplano Cundiboyacense), the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Luxembourg, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, United States (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee), and Venezuela


Czech Republic, Mexico, and the United States (Georgia)

References edit

  1. ^ Pandolfi, J.M.; Burke, C.D. (1989). "Environmental distribution of colony growth form in the favositid Pleurodictyum americanum". Lethaia. 22 (1): 69–84. Bibcode:1989Letha..22...69P. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1989.tb01170.x.
  2. ^ Brett, C.E.; Cottrell, J.F. (1982). "Substrate specificity in the Devonian tabulate coral Pleurodictyum". Lethaia. 15 (3): 247–262. Bibcode:1982Letha..15..247B. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1982.tb00648.x.
  3. ^ Pleurodictyum at