Callialastrobus sousai J.Kvaček et M.M.Mendes

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000989


Authors: J. Kvaček & M. M. Mendes

Rank: species

Genus: Callialastrobus J.Kvaček et M.M.Mendes

Reference: Kvaček, J. & Mendes, M. M. (2020): Callialastrobus sousai gen. et sp. nov., a new araucariaceous pollen cone from the Early Cretaceous of Catefica (Lusitanian Basin, western Portugal) bearing Callialasporites and Araucariacites pollen. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 283: 104313 (9 pp.).

Page of description: 5

Illustrations or figures: pls I–III

Name is type for

Callialastrobus J.Kvaček et M.M.Mendes 2020


Holotype P0655, Geological Museum of Lisbon, Portugal
Figures: pls I–III

Note: Holotype from the Catefica sample 360.

Original diagnosis/description

Ovoid pollen cone with numerous (about 30) microsporophylls arranged helically on a slender axis. Each peltate microsporophyll consists of well-developed deltoid distal lamina and narrow stalk. Three ovoid elongate pollen sacs, containing Callialasporites and Araucariacites pollen types. Pollen sacs free of each other. Stomata scattered on distal parts of peltate microsporophylls, each surrounded by delicate rim. Inaperturate Araucariacites pollen grains with finely granulate to scabrate exine surface co-occur with smaller, inaperturate, monosaccate Callialasporites pollen grains with finely granulate exine.


In honor of Professor Manuel João Lemos de Sousa in recognition of his important contribution to the geology of Portugal.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
Almargem Formation (upper Aptian-lower Albian)


Catefica outcrop section close to the Torres Vedras locality, Estremadura region, western Portugal (39° 03′ 14.4″ N; 09° 14′ 24.1″ W)

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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