Skyttegaardia galtieri E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002497


Authors: E. M. Friis, P. R. Crane & K. R. Pedersen

Rank: species

Genus: Skyttegaardia E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Reference: Friis, E. M., Crane, P. R. & Pedersen, K. R. (2021): Microsporangiophores from the Early Cretaceous (Berriasian) of Bornholm, Denmark, with comments on a pre-angiosperm xerophytic flora. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 293: 104487 (11 pp.).

Page of description: 2

Illustrations or figures: pls I–IV

Name is type for

Skyttegaardia E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen 2021


Holotype S172596, Palaeobotanical Collections, Department of Palaeobiology, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Figures: pl. I, fig. 1, pl. II, fig. 2, pl. IV, figs 1–5

Note: Holotype: Skyttegård sample GI3466

Paratypes: S134243–S134251 (Skyttegård sample GI3466)

Original diagnosis/description

Microsporangiophore consisting of a proximal fertile stalk-like portion and a distal sterile extension. Fertile portion massive with two sporangia deeply sunken in two cavities arranged symmetrically on the presumed abaxial side of the stalk-like portion with one sporangium in each cavity. Dehiscence of sporangium by a longitudinal slit facing the opening of the cavity. Sterile distal tip of sporangiophore elongate, conical, tapering distally to a slender point. Cuticle thick; stomata on distal tip haplocheilic, deeply sunken. Pollen monocolpate, tectate-psilate.


In honor of Jean Galtier in recognition of his contribution to understanding the evolutionary history of plants


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous, Berriasian
Skyttegård Member of the Rabekke Formation, Early Cretaceous (early-mid Berriasian; ammonoid zone Runctonia runctoni)


Skyttegård clay pit about 1 km NE of Arnager, Bornholm (now abandoned; 55°00′58″N; 15°00′37″E)

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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