8.1.3 Tabulate corals (Tabulata)

 

Overview

Class Tabulata--the "tabulate corals"-- originated in the Early Ordovician period and went extinct at the end of the Permian period. All tabulate corals were colonial and the fossils left behind by many species superficially look like honeycombs.

Honeycomb tabulate corals


Interactive 3D model of Favosites favosus from the Silurian of Delaware County, Iowa (PRI 76737). Length of specimen is approximately 10 cm. Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Model by Emily Hauf.


Fossil tabulate coral Emmonsia emmonsii from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Genesee County, New York

Emmonsia emmonsii from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Genesee County, New York (PRI 76736). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. An interactive 3D model of an additional specimen from this lot is immediately below.


Interactive 3D model of Emmonsia emmonsii from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Genesee County, New York (PRI 76736). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Photographs of an additional specimen from this same lot is above. Model by Emily Hauf.


Interactive 3D model of Favosites tuberosus from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Erie County, New York (PRI 54955). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension of specimen is approximately 12 cm. Model by Emily Hauf.


Chain tabulate corals


Fossil tabulate coral Catenipora micropora from the Silurian of Jefferson County, Kentucky

Catenipora micropora from the Silurian of Jefferson County, Kentucky (PRI 76721). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. A 3D interactive model of this specimen is immediately below.


Interactive 3D model of Catenipora micropora from the Silurian of Jefferson County, Kentucky (PRI 76721). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Photographs of this specimen are above. Model by Emily Hauf.


Fossil tabulate coral Halysites catenularia from the Silurian Niagara Group of Jefferson County, Kentucky

Halysites catenularia from the Silurian Niagara Group of Jefferson County, Kentucky (PRI 76738). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. An interactive 3D model of this specimen is immediately below.


Interactive 3D model of Halysites catenularia from the Silurian Niagara Group of Jefferson County, Kentucky (PRI 76738). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. See photos of this specimen above. Model by Emily Hauf.


Fossil tabulate coral Halysites catenularia from the Silurian of Illinois or Wisconsin

Halysites catenularia from the Silurian of Illinois or Wisconsin (PRI 70775). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. An interactive 3D model of this specimen is immediately below.


Interactive 3D model of Halysites catenularia from the Silurian of Illinois or Wisconsin (PRI 70775). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Photographs of this specimen are above. Model by Emily Hauf.


Encrusting tabulate corals


Fossil tabulate coral Aulopora saxivadum from the Devonian Hackberry Formation of Rockford, Iowa

Aulopora saxivadum from the Devonian Hackberry Formation of Rockford, Iowa (PRI 76816). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.


Aulopora sp. encrusting upon Favosites sp. Fossil is from the Devonian Ludlowville Fm. of East Bethany, New YorkFossil tabulate coral

Aulopora sp. encrusting upon Favosites sp. Fossil is from the Devonian Ludlowville Fm. of East Bethany, New York (PRI 76815). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.



Fossil tabulate coral Fossil tabulate coral Aulopora sp. encrusting upon Favosites sp. Fossil is from the Devonian Ludlowville Fm. of Genesee County, New York

Aulopora sp. encrusting upon Favosites sp. Fossil is from the Devonian Ludlowville Fm. of Genesee County, New York (PRI 76739). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. See photographs of this specimen above.


Interactive 3D model of Aulopora sp. encrusting upon Favosites sp. Fossil is from the Devonian Ludlowville Fm. of Genesee County, New York (PRI 76739). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. See photographs of this specimen above. Model by Emily Hauf.


Fossil tabulate coral Protarea richmondensis encrusting upon brachiopod specimens. Fossils are from the Ordovician Richmond Group of Oxford, Ohio

Protarea richmondensis encrusting upon brachiopod specimens. Fossils are from the Ordovician Richmond Group of Oxford, Ohio (PRI 76817). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.

Other tabulate corals


Pleurodictyum americanum from the Devonian Moscow Formation of Ontario County, New York

Pleurodictyum americanum from the Devonian Moscow Formation of Ontario County, New York (PRI 76811). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.


Fossil tabulate coral Pleurodictyum sp. from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Ontario, Canada (PRI 70773). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York

Pleurodictyum sp. from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Ontario, Canada (PRI 70773). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.


Fossil tabulate coral Chonostegites sp. from Niagara County, New York

Chonostegites sp. from Niagara County, New York (PRI 76819). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.


Fossil tabulate coral Syringopora geniculata from the Lower Carboniferous (Mississippian) of Derbyshire, England

Syringopora geniculata from the Lower Carboniferous (Mississippian) of Derbyshire, England (PRI 76820). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.


Fossil tabulate coral Syringopora hisingeri from the Devonian of Logan County, Ohio

Syringopora hisingeri from the Devonian of Logan County, Ohio (PRI 76818). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.


Fossil tabulate coral Cladopora sp. from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Williamsville, New York

Cladopora sp. from the Devonian Onondaga Limestone of Williamsville, New York (PRI 76821). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.