Chiropteris lacerata E.Arber

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002360


Author: E. A. N. Arber

Rank: species

Reference: Arber, E. A. N. (1913): A preliminary note on the fossil plants of the Mount Potts Beds, New Zealand, collected by Mr. D. G. Lillie, biologist to Captain Scott’s Antarctic Expedition in the “Terra Nova”. – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B – Biological Sciences 86(588): 344–347, pls 7, 8.

Page of description: 346

Illustrations or figures: pl. 8, fig. 6

Name is type for

Rochipteris R.Herbst, A.Tronc. et Gnaed. 2001

Other combinations

Rochipteris lacerata (E.Arber) R.Herbst, A.Tronc. et Gnaed. 2001


Holotype , Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
Figures: pl. 8, fig. 6

Note: Only one specimen is assigned to this new species by Arber (1913).

Repository according to Arber (1917: New Zealand Geol. Surv. Paleontol. Bull., 6: 28).

Holotype refigured by Arber (1917: New Zealand Geol. Surv. Paleontol. Bull., 6: pl. 3, fig. 87).

Original diagnosis/description

There is a new species of Chiropteris (Plate 8, fig. 6), the distal margin of which is lacerated, and which I propose to name C. lacerata sp. nova.

Emended diagnosis

Arber (1917: New Zealand Geol. Surv. Paleontol. Bull., 6: 27):
Leaf cuneate, exceeding 5 cm. in length and 3 cm. in breadth; apex deeply toothed, teeth fairly broad; veins fine, close, frequently anastomosing.


Triassic, Upper Triassic, Rhaetian
Arber (1913) mentioned Rhneto-Jurassic age, Arber (1917) Rhaetic only for this flora.


New Zealand
Mount Potts

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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