Orpikania Peel

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000527

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:527

Authors: J. S. Peel

Rank: genus

Reference: Peel, J. S. (2018): An epiphytacean-Girvanella (Cyanobacteria) symbiosis from the Cambrian (Series 3; Drumian) of North Greenland (Laurentia). – Bulletin of Geosciences 93(3): 327–336.

Page of description: 329

Type taxon

Original protologue

Multi-axial epiphytacean with cylindrical dichotomous branches about 100 μm in diameter and with points of branching about 1 mm apart. Cell height about half of filament width; mineralized sheath thin, reflecting the underlying cell structure.


From ‘orpik’, the Greenlandic word for tree, reflecting the dendritic habit.

Plant fossil remain

cyanobacteria and other prokaryotes