Araucariopitys antarcticus I.Poole et Cantrill

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000389


Authors: I. Poole & D. J. Cantrill

Rank: species

Reference: Poole, I. & Cantrill, D. J. (2001): Fossil Woods From Williams Point Beds, Livingston Island, Antarctica: A Late Cretaceous Southern High Latitude Flora. – Palaeontology 44(6): 1081–1112.

Page of description: 1086

Illustrations or figures: pl. 1, figs 2, 4, 6, 8, 10


Holotype P. 1806.9, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Figures: pl. 1, figs 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Note: paratype: P. 1806.13

Original diagnosis/description

Secondary wood with predominantly uniseriate pitting. Biseriate pitting, alternate, closepacked, pits circular to hexagonal and confined to the ends of tracheids. Cross-fields characterized by 2–9 pits (mode 6, mean 5.8). Rays short, uniseriate, 1–14 (mode 4; mean 4.65) cells tall.


After the Antarctic where this material is found.


Cretaceous, Upper Cretaceous
Williams Point Beds, age-range of Cenomanian–early Campanian


ash-rich horizon outcropping between two large hydroclastic vents on Williams Point, Livingston Island, 62°28.5′S, 60°8.2′W

Plant fossil remain

fossil wood


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