Original paper

Revision of the Cretaceous coral genus Tiarasmilia Wells, 1932 (Scleractinia)

Löser, Hannes


The Early to early Late Cretaceous coral genus Tiarasmilia Wells, 1932 is revised on the basis of the type species. The solitary coral is characterised by regular septal symmetry and the abundant apophysal septa that ornament the septa pairwise. The genus is re-assigned to the family Heterocoeniidae. The genus Budaia Wells, 1933 is considered to be a junior synonym of Tiarasmilia. Four Tiarasmilia species are recognised, the respective type species of Tiarsmilia and Budaia, and two as yet unnamed species for which not enough specimens were available to erect new taxa.