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Specific Gravity:
5.43 - 5.49
Crystal System:
From the Greek κύλιυδροσ, a roll, in allusion to the typical cylindrical habit of the mineral.
Cylindrite Group.

There is a relation between the cylindrical morphology and crystal structure. The latter is composite and characterizes in incommensurate modulations. There are two types of sheets, a pseudohexagonal one and a pseudotetragonal one, both with distinct lattice parameters. Crystals' core has different structure than its outer zone: the b and c axes of the two sheets are nearly parallel, but the more far from the core the more clear sheet rotation is observed. Layer curving is one of the ways of an accomodation of the dimensional sheet misfit by a cylindrite crystal.

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Classification of CylindriteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
H : Sulfosalts of SnS archetype
F : With SnS and PbS archetype structure units

1 : ø > 4

6 : Sulphosalts - Sulphostannates, Sulphogermanates,Sulpharsenates, Sulphantimonates, Sulphovanadates and Sulphohalides
1 : Sulphostannates and other sulfides containing Sn

Physical Properties of CylindriteHide

2½ on Mohs scale
VHN100=54 - 93 kg/mm2 - Vickers
ON {100}
5.43 - 5.49 g/cm3 (Measured)    5.443 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of CylindriteHide

Distinct, gray to pale yellowish or brownish gray
Colour in reflected light:
Extremely weak: Parallel to elongation gray-white, perpendicular to the elongation, darker gray-white. Stronger in oil.

Chemical Properties of CylindriteHide

IMA Formula:
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of CylindriteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
1 - Pinacoidal
Space Group:
Massive. Cylindrical forms separating under pressure into smooth, concentric shells. Spherically-grouped aggregates.
Two subcells, pseudotetragonal and pseudohexagonal

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

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Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.

Type Occurrence of CylindriteHide

Synonyms of CylindriteHide

Other Language Names for CylindriteHide

Simplified Chinese:圆柱锡矿

Relationship of Cylindrite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
AbramovitePb2SnInBiS7Tric. 1 : P1
MerelaniiteMo4Pb4VSbS15Tric. 1

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Incaite5 photos of Cylindrite associated with Incaite on
Pyrite5 photos of Cylindrite associated with Pyrite on
Sphalerite4 photos of Cylindrite associated with Sphalerite on
Stannite3 photos of Cylindrite associated with Stannite on
Wurtzite2 photos of Cylindrite associated with Wurtzite on
Potosíite1 photo of Cylindrite associated with Potosíite on
Franckeite1 photo of Cylindrite associated with Franckeite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.HF.20VrbaiteHg3Tl4As8Sb2S20Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmca
2.HF.25bFranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
2.HF.25aAbramovitePb2SnInBiS7Tric. 1 : P1
2.HF.30Lengenbachite Ag4Cu2Pb18As12S39Tric.

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14Tric. 1 : P1,Ag)4Sn4FeSb2S15Mon.íitePb6Sn3FeSb3S16Tric.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

6.1.5KiddcreekiteCu6SnWS8Iso. 4 3m : F4 3m
6.1.6StanniteCu2FeSnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
6.1.7RhodostanniteCu2FeSn3S8Tet. 4/m : I41/a
6.1.8MawsoniteCu6Fe2SnS8Tet. 4 2m : P4m2
6.1.9ChatkaliteCu6FeSn2S8Tet. 4 2m : P4m2
6.1.10FerrokësteriteCu2(Fe,Zn)SnS4Tet. 4 : I4
6.1.11Kësterite Cu2ZnSnS4Tet. 4 : I4
6.1.13ČernýiteCu2(Cd,Zn,Fe)SnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
6.1.15PirquitasiteAg2ZnSnS4Tet. 4 : I4
6.1.16HocartiteAg2(Fe2+,Zn)SnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
6.1.17TeallitePbSnS2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
6.1.18FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
6.1.22Sakuraiite(Cu,Zn,Fe)3(In,Sn)S4 Iso.

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for CylindriteHide

Reference List:
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Frenzel (1893), Jb. Min.: II: 125 (as Kylindrite).
Prior (1904), Mineralogical Magazine: 14: 25.
Moritz (1933), Jb. Min., Beil.-Bd.: 66: 205.
Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 482-483.
Makovicky, E. (1971): Microstructure of cylindrite. Neues Jahrb. Mineral. Monatsh. 1971, 404–413.
Makovicky, E. (1974): Mineralogical data on cylindrite and incaite. Neues Jahrb. Mineral. Monatsh. 1974, 235–256.
Makovicky, E. (1976): Crystallography of cylindrite. Part I. Crystal lattices and incaite. Neues Jahrb. Mineral. Abh. 126, 304–326.
Williams, T.B. and Hyde, B.G. (1988): Electron microscopy of cylindrite and franckeite. Phys. Chem. Minerals 15, 521–544.
Wang, S., Kuo, K.H. (1991): Crystal lattices and crystal chemistry of cylindrite and franckeite. Acta Crystallographica, A47, 381-392.
Wang, S., Buseck, P.R. (1992): Cylindrite: The relation between its cylindrical shape and modulated structure. American Mineralogist: 77: 758-764.

Internet Links for CylindriteHide

Localities for CylindriteHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Jujuy
    • Rinconada Department
DE BRODTKORB, Milka K. Precious metaltellurides and other Te-bearing minerals in different paragenesis of Argentina: A review. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2009, vol.64, n.3, pp. 365-372.; Paar, W. H., Putz, H., Topa, D., de Brodtkorb, M. K., & Sureda, R. J. (2005, January). Occurrence and paragenesis of tellurium in mineral deposits of Argentina. In Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge (pp. 1419-1422). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.; Board, W. S., Kennedy, B., & Yeomans, T. (2011). NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Pirquitas Mine.
Amer.Min.(2000) 85, 1066-1075; Paar, W. H., Putz, H., Topa, D., de Brodtkorb, M. K., & Sureda, R. J. (2005, January). Occurrence and paragenesis of tellurium in mineral deposits of Argentina. In Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge (pp. 1419-1422). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.; Paar, W. H., de Brodtkorb, M. K., Sureda, R. J., & Topa, D. (2010). Mineralogy and chemistry of tin and lead sulfides and sulfosalts in the Pirquitas Mine vein deposit, Jujuy, Argentina (22° 41'S-66° 28'W). Andean Geology, 28(2), 259-268.
  • Oruro Department
    • Cercado Province
[MinRec 32:476]
Petrov, A., & White, S. (2001). Kylindrit von der Itos Mine, Oruro, Bolivien. MINERALIEN MAGAZIN LAPIS, 26(9), 27-29.
[MinRec 32:479]; Pastor, M., Pastor, A., Torró, L., Martínez, Á., Artiaga, D., Torres, B., ... & Alfonso, P. (2015) The San José-Itos Mines, Oruro, Bolivia: Structure and Ag-Sn Mineralization. in Mineral Resources in a Sustainable World • 13th SGA Biennial Meeting 2015. Proceedings, Volume 1 pp 327-330
    • Dalence Province
      • Huanuni
Dana 7:I:483.; Federico Ahlfeld and Alejandro Schneider-Scherbina (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia, Boletín No. 5 (Especial), page 17o (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz)
Dana 7:I:440,449,483.; Federico Ahlfeld and Alejandro Schneider-Scherbina (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia, Boletín No. 5 (Especial), page 171 (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz)
    • Poopó Province
      • Callipampa
(Cylindrite specimens alleged to be from the Candelaria mine are more likely to be from the neighbouring Trinacria mine.)
Dana 7:I:449, 483.; Gibson & Turneaure (1950) Trans AIME 187:1071-1078
[MinRec 32:477]
Ahlfeld and Schneider-Scherbina (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia, Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz
[MinRec 32:479]
  • Potosí Department
    • Antonio Quijarro Province
Federico Ahlfeld and Alejandro Schneider-Scherbina (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia. (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz)
Ahlfeld, F. and Schneider-Scherbina, A. (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia. (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz)
    • Chayanta Province
[MinRec 32:469]
Economic Geology - Volume 16 - Page 68
    • Rafael Bustillo Province (Bustillos Province)
      • Llallagua
Mineralogical Record: 32: 474.; Hyrsl, J. & A. Petrov (2006): Famous Mineral Localities: Llallagua, Bolivia. Mineralogical Record. 37: 117-162
Min Rec (1977) 8:52-57
  • Co. Meath
    • Navan (An Uaimh)
C. J. Andrew and J. H. Ashton (1985) Trans. Inst. Mining Metall., sect. B, 94, 66-93; C. J. Andrew (1986) pers. comm.; Ryback, G., Nawaz, R. and Farley, E. (1988) Seventh Supplementary List of British Isles Minerals (Irish). Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 52, n° 365, pp. 267-274.
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e)
      • Irkutskaya Oblast'
        • Bodaibo
          • Lena Gold District
            • Kropotkinsky ore cluster; Distler, V. V., Mitrofanov, G. L., Yudovskaya, M. A., Lishnevsky, E. N., & Prokof’ev, V. Y. (2005). Deep structure and ore-forming processes of the Sukhoi Log gold-platinum deposit, Russia. In Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge (pp. 921-923). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Donetsk (Donets'k) Oblast'
    • Central Donbass
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