Three 3D models of fossil rugose corals.

Virtual Collection: Rugose Corals (Rugosa)

This virtual collection was last curated by Jonathan Hendricks on May 15, 2019. Each model is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Unless otherwise indicated, each model was created by Emily Hauf using specimens at the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.

Learn more about rugose corals on the Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life.

Solitary rugose corals

Fossil specimen of the rugose coral Heliophyllum sp. from the Middle Devonian Ludlowville Formation of Genesee County, New York (PRI 5541). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Specimen is approximately 9.5 cm in length. 


Fossil specimen of the rugose coral Heliophyllum halli from the Middle Devonian Moscow Formation of Erie County, New York (PRI 70755). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Specimen is approximately 11 cm in length.


Fossil specimen of the rugose coral Zaphrentites spinulosum from the Mississippian of Tennessee (PRI 70757). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Specimen is approximately 3.5 cm in length.

Colonial rugose corals

Fossil specimen of the colonial rugose coral Acrocyathus floriformis from the Mississippian St. Louis Limestone of Monroe County, Illinois. Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.


Fossil specimen of the colonial rugose coral Acrocyathus floriformis from the Mississipian St. Louis Limestone of Monroe County, Illinois (PRI 70756). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Specimen is approximately 9 cm in length.