Monday, March 21, 2011

Favosites proximatus?

This beautiful coral with its circular chambers (corallites) surrounded by different polygons (trigonal, tetragonal, or pentagonal) was found in the Jeffersonville Limestone of Jefferson County, Kentucky.  It is thought to be a Favosites proximatus? coral.  The book Silurian and Devonian Corals of the Falls of the Ohio (Stumm, 1964) was used to identify this specimen.  Description on page 64 and plate 61, figures 7-9.  Fossil originally called Favosites proximus by Davis in 1887 and renamed by Stumm in 1950.

See more Favosites or "honeycomb" corals at the Falls of the Ohio Devonian Coral web page.