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May contain minor HREE, Ca, U, Th, Si, F and other elements.
Yellowish brown, reddish, brown, light red, flesh-red, light green, gray, grayish-white, wine-yellow
Vitreous, Resinous
4 - 5
Specific Gravity:
4.4 - 5.1
Crystal System:
Member of:
From the Greek κευός = "vain" and τιμή = "honor," in allusion to the fact that the yttrium in it was mistaken for a new element.
Isostructural with:
Xenotime Group. Chernovite-(Y)-Xenotime-(Y) Series. The P (or phosphate) analogue of chernovite-(Y) and wakefieldite-(Y).

A recent find of As-rich xenotime-(Y), accompanied by wakefieldite-(Ce) - wakefieldite-(Y) solid solution, in a silicified Agathoxylon wood is described by Matisová et al. (2016).

An interesting, strongly fluorine-enriched xenotime-(Y), was described from Madeira pluton, Pitinga, Brasil. It is though to contain some PO3F anions in the structure.

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Classification of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

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

A : Phosphates, etc. without additional anions, without H2O
D : With only large cations
Dana 7th ed.:

19 : Phosphates
9 : Phosphates of rare earths and Sc

Pronounciation of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

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Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Vitreous, Resinous
Translucent, Opaque
Yellowish brown, reddish, brown, light red, flesh-red, light green, gray, grayish-white, wine-yellow
Colourless to very light yellowish green, yellow or yellowish brown in transmitted light
Pale brown, yellowish or reddish, white
4 - 5 on Mohs scale
On {100}, complete (good - according to the Handbook of Mineralogy)
Irregular/Uneven, Splintery
4.4 - 5.1 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.277 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Uniaxial (+)
RI values:
nω = 1.720 nε = 1.816 - 1.827
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.096
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

O = Pink, yellow, or yellowish brown
E = Brownish yellow, grayish brown, or greenish

Chemical Properties of Xenotime-(Y)Hide


May contain minor HREE, Ca, U, Th, Si, F and other elements.
IMA Formula:

Crystallography of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.884-6.902(4) Å, c = 6.021-6.038(8) Å
a:c = 1 : 0.875
Unit Cell V:
285.33 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals short to long prismatic [001], wiht {010} and {110} faces; also equant, pyramidal {011}; as crude radial aggregates comprised of coarse crystals; in rosettes; crystals up to 5 cm are reported
On {111}, rare.

Crystallographic forms of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Crystal Atlas:
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Xenotime no.2 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
Xenotime no.8 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
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Edge Lines | Miller Indicies | Axes

Opaque | Translucent | Transparent

Along a-axis | Along b-axis | Along c-axis | Start rotation | Stop rotation

Epitaxial Relationships of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Epitaxial Minerals:
Epitaxy Comments:
Parallel growth with zircon common.

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.
Powder Diffraction Data:
3.443 (100)
2.558 (60)
1.762 (45)
4.54 (25)
2.145 (25)
1.820 (18)
1.721 (18)
similar to that of atelisite-(Y)

Type Occurrence of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Granite pegmatite

Synonyms of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Other Language Names for Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Varieties of Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Relationship of Xenotime-(Y) to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
Chernovite-(Y)Y(AsO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
Wakefieldite-(Ce)Ce(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
Wakefieldite-(La)La(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
Wakefieldite-(Nd)Nd(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
Wakefieldite-(Y)Y(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
Forms a series with:

Common AssociatesHide

K FeldsparPotassium-dominant feldspars with unknown crystal symmetry and Al-Si ordering state.
MonaziteUnclassified members of the Monazite Group.
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Quartz41 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Quartz on
Rutile33 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Rutile on
Zircon27 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Zircon on
Monazite-(Ce)21 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Monazite-(Ce) on
Mica Group14 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Mica Group on
Fluorite10 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Fluorite on
Hematite9 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Hematite on
Thortveitite8 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Thortveitite on
Pyrite8 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Pyrite on
Muscovite7 photos of Xenotime-(Y) associated with Muscovite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.AD.05NahpoiteNa2HPO4Mon. 2/m : P21/m
8.AD.10MonetiteCa(HPO4)Tric. 1
8.AD.10WeiliteCa(HAsO4)Tric. 1 : P1
8.AD.10ŠvenekiteCa(H2AsO4)2Tric. 1 : P1
8.AD.15Archerite(K,NH4)(H2PO4)Tet. 4 2m : I4 2d
8.AD.15Biphosphammite(NH4,K)(H2PO4)Tet. 4 2 2 : I41 2 2
8.AD.20Phosphammite(NH4)2(HPO4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AD.25BuchwalditeNaCa(PO4)Orth. mm2 : Pmn21
8.AD.30SchultenitePb(HAsO4)Mon. 2/m : P2/b
8.AD.35Chernovite-(Y)Y(AsO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
8.AD.35DreyeriteBi(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
8.AD.35Wakefieldite-(Ce)Ce(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
8.AD.35Wakefieldite-(Y)Y(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
8.AD.35Wakefieldite-(La)La(VO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
8.AD.40PucheriteBi(VO4)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
8.AD.50Monazite-(Ce)Ce(PO4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AD.50RooseveltiteBi(AsO4)Mon. 2/m
8.AD.50CheraliteCaTh(PO4)2Mon. 2/m
8.AD.50Monazite-(Sm)Sm(PO4)Mon. 2/m : P21/m
8.AD.60Chursinite(Hg+2)0.5Hg2+(AsO4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AD.65ClinobisvaniteBi(VO4)Mon. 2/m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

19.9.2Churchite-(Y)Y(PO4) · 2H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
19.9.3Monazite-(Ce)Ce(PO4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
19.9.6Rhabdophane-(Ce)(Ce,La)(PO4) · H2OHex. 6 2 2 : P62 2 2
19.9.7Rhabdophane-(La)(La,Ce)(PO4) · H2OHex. 6 2 2 : P62 2 2
19.9.8Rhabdophane-(Nd)(Nd,Ce,La)(PO4) · H2OHex. 6 2 2 : P62 2 2
19.9.9Vitusite-(Ce)Na3(Ce,La,Nd)(PO4)2Orth. mm2 : Pca21
19.9.13KolbeckiteScPO4 · 2H2OMon. 2/m

Other InformationHide

Very slightly attacked or impervious to acids, depending on the composition.
Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.
Industrial Uses:
An ore of yttrium.

References for Xenotime-(Y)Hide

Reference List:
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Berzelius, J. (1824) Undersökning af några Mineralier. 1. Phosphorsyrad Ytterjord. Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps-Akademiens Handlingar, 2 : 334-338
(as Phosphorsyrad Ytterjord).
Glocker, E.F. (1831) Handbuch der Mineralogie, Nürnberg: 959 (as Ytterspath).
Beudant, F.S. (1832) Xenotime, yttria phosphatée. Traité élémentaire de Minéralogie, second edition, 2 volumes: 2: 552. (as Xenotime)
Scheerer, T. (1843) Ueber den Fundort und die Krystallform der phosphorsauren Yttererde. Annalen der Physik und Chemie: 60: 591-594.
Damour (1853) L'Institut: 78 (as Castelnaudite).
Dana, E.S. (1892) System of Mineralogy, 6th. Edition, New York: 748.
Eakins analysis in: Hidden (1893) American Journal of Science: 46: 255.
Penfield (1893) American Journal of Science: 45: 398.
Kraus and Reitinger (1901) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 34: 268 (as Hussakite).
Brögger (1904) Nytt Mag.: 42: 1.
Brögger (1906) Vidensk.-Selsk. Skr., Oslo, Math.-Nat. Kl.: 1: no. 6: 6.
Hussak (1907) Centralblatt für Mineralogie: 533.
Tschernik (1907) Verh. Min. Ges. St. Petersburg: 45: 425.
Tschernik (1910) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 47: 291.
Vegard (1917) Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science: 33: 395.
Hintze, Carl (1922) Handbuch der Mineralogie. Berlin and Leipzig. 6 volumes: vol. 1 [4A]: 240.
Goldschmidt, V. (1923) Atlas der Krystallformen. 9 volumes, atlas, and text, Heidelberg: vol. 9: 102.
Vegard (1927) Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science: 4: 511.
Clouse (1930) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 76: 285.
Clouse (1932) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 83: 161.
Strunz (1936) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 94: 60.
Hutton, C.O. (1947) Determination of xenotime. American Mineralogist: 32: 141.
Palache, C., Berman, H., Frondel, C. (1951) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 688-691.
Kristanović, I. (1965) Redetermination of oxygen parameters in xenotime, YPO4. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 121: 315-316.
Graeser, S., Schwander, H., Stalder, H.A. (1973) A Solid Solution Series between Xenotime (YtPO4) and Chernovite (YtAsO4). Mineralogical Magazine: 39: 145.
Bastos Neto, A. C., Pereira, V. P., Pires, A. C., Barbanson, L., Chauvet, A. (2012) Fluorine-rich xenotime from the world-class Madeira Nb-Ta-Sn deposit associated with the albite-enchriched granite at Pitinga, Amazonia, Brazil. The Canadian Mineralogist 50, 1453-1466.
Lenz, C., Nasdala, L., Talla, D., Hauzenberger, H., Seitz, R., Kolitsch, U. (2015) Laser-induced REE3+ photoluminescence of selected accessory minerals: An “advantageous artefact” in Raman spectroscopy. Chemical Geology: 415: 1-16.
Matisová, P., Götze, J., Leichmann, J., Škoda, R., Strnad, L., Drahota, P., Grygar, T.M. (2016): Cathodoluminescence and LA-ICP-MS chemistry of silicified wood enclosing wakefieldite – REEs and V migration during complex diagenetic evolution. European Journal of Mineralogy: 28 (in press); (2016)
Anthony, J.W., Bideaux, R.A., Bladh, K.W. and Nichols, M.C., Eds. Handbook of Mineralogy, Mineralogical Society of America, Chantilly, VA 20151-1110, USA. (2016)

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