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About XocomecatliteHide

Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
From Nahua "xocomecatl", grapes, alluding to its occurrence in clusters of green spherules.
This page provides mineralogical data about Xocomecatlite.

Classification of XocomecatliteHide

Approval Year:

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
B : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) with additional anions, without H2O
B : With medium-sized cations
Dana 7th ed.:

1 : (AB)m(XO4)pZq

28 : Selenites, Selenates, Tellurites, and Tellurates
4 : Tellurates

Physical Properties of XocomecatliteHide

Light green to white
4.65 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.42 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of XocomecatliteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.775(5) nβ = 1.900(5) nγ = 1.920(5)
Measured: 41° , Calculated: 40°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.145
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
rich bluish greens

Chemical Properties of XocomecatliteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of XocomecatliteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 12.14 Å, b = 14.31 Å, c = 11.66 Å
a:b:c = 0.848 : 1 : 0.815
Unit Cell V:
2,025.61 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Occurrences of XocomecatliteHide

Paragenetic Mode(s):
•  Oxidation

Type Occurrence of XocomecatliteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
isolated or clustered spherules that seldom exceed 0.15 mm in diameter. These spherules are composed of radially disposed needles that seldom attain 5 micron width.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
British Museum (Natural History) and the University of Paris
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:
Williams S A (1975) Xocomecatlite, Cu3TeO4(OH)4, and tlalocite, Cu10Zn6(TeO3)(TeO4)2Cl(OH)25·27H2O, two new minerals from Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico. Mineralogical Magazine 40, 221-226

Synonyms of XocomecatliteHide

Other Language Names for XocomecatliteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Mcalpineite5 photos of Xocomecatlite associated with Mcalpineite on mindat.org.
Jensenite3 photos of Xocomecatlite associated with Jensenite on mindat.org.
Dugganite3 photos of Xocomecatlite associated with Dugganite on mindat.org.
Eurekadumpite1 photo of Xocomecatlite associated with Eurekadumpite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

7.BB.05CaminiteMg7(SO4)5(OH)4 · H2OTet.
7.BB.10HauckiteFe3+3(Mg,Mn2+)24Zn18(SO4)4(CO3)2(OH)81Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mmm
7.BB.15AntleriteCu3(SO4)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
7.BB.20DolerophaniteCu2(SO4)OMon. 2/m : B2/m
7.BB.25BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6Mon. 2/m : P21/b
7.BB.35KlebelsbergiteSb4O4(SO4)(OH)2Orth. mm2
7.BB.40SchuetteiteHg2+3(SO4)O2Trig. 3 2 : P31 2 1
7.BB.55Pauflerite(V4+O)SO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
7.BB.60GrandviewiteCu3Al9(SO4)2(OH)29Mon. 2 : P2

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

28.4.2CarlfriesiteCaTe4+2Te6+O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
28.4.3YafsoaniteCa3Zn3(TeO6)2Iso. m3 (2/m 3)
28.4.4TlalociteCu10Zn6(Te6+O4)2(Te4+O3)(OH)25Cl · 27H2OOrth.
28.4.5OboyeriteH6(Pb,Ca)6(Te4+O3)3(Te6+O6)2 · 2H2OTric.
28.4.6SchieffelinitePb10Te6+6O20(OH)14(SO4)(H2O)5Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
28.4.7GirditeH2Pb3(Te4+O3)(Te6+O6)Mon. m
28.4.8KhinitePb2+Cu2+3[Te6+O6](OH)2Orth. mm2 : Fdd2
28.4.9Khinite-3TPb2+Cu2+3Te6+O6(OH)2Trig. 3 : P32
28.4.10DugganitePb3Zn3(AsO4)2(TeO6)Trig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
28.4.11KuksitePb3Zn3(PO4)2(TeO6)Trig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
28.4.13Tlapallite(Ca,Pb)3CaCu6[Te4+3Te6+O12]2(Te4+O3)2(SO4)2·3H2OTrig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
28.4.14MontaniteBi2(TeO6) · 2H2O
28.4.16CuzticiteFe3+2(TeO6) · 3H2OHex.
28.4.17YecoraiteFe3+3Bi5(Te6+O4)2(Te4+O3)O9 · 9H2O

Fluorescence of XocomecatliteHide

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 XocomecatliteHide

Reference List:
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Williams S A (1975) Xocomecatlite, Cu3TeO4(OH)4, and tlalocite, Cu10Zn6(TeO3)(TeO4)2Cl(OH)25·27H2O, two new minerals from Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico. Mineralogical Magazine 40, 221-226
Fleischer M, Cabri L J (1976) New mineral names. American Mineralogist 61, 502-504
Frost, R. L., & Keeffe, E. C. (2009). Raman spectroscopic study of the metatellurate mineral: xocomecatlite Cu3TeO4 (OH) 4. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy: An International Journal for Original Work in all Aspects of Raman Spectroscopy, Including Higher Order Processes, and also Brillouin and Rayleigh Scattering, 40(8), 866-869.

Internet Links for XocomecatliteHide

Localities for XocomecatliteHide

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.
Mexico (TL)
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Moctezuma
      • Moctezuma
Mineralogical Magazine(1975) 40, 221-226; Panczner(1987):136-399.
  • Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
    • Ilirney ore district
Pekov, I. V., Vlasov, E. A., Zubkova, N. V., Yapaskurt, V. O., Chukanov, N. V., Belakovskiy, D. I., ... & Pushcharovsky, D. Y. (2015). Raisaite, CuMg [Te6+ O4 (OH) 2]· 6H2O, a new mineral from Chukotka, Russia. European Journal of Mineralogy, ejm2490_pap_gsw.
  • Värmland
    • Arvika
      • Glava
Jonsson, E. (2016). Te-Se-Au-Ag-Bi-rich polymetallic vein mineralization south of Glava, SW Sweden. In NGWM 2016 (p. 132).
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Tombstone Hills
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 209; Williams, S.A. (1978), Khinite, parakhinite, and dugganite, three new tellurates from Tombstone, Arizona, Am.Min.: 63: 1016-1019.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 267.
          • Silver Plume Mine (Emerald & Silver Plume Mine group)
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 428; Williams, S.A. (1978), Khinite, parakhinite and dugganite, three new tellurates from Tombstone, AZ, Am.Min.: 63: 1016-1019.
  • California
    • Mono Co.
      • Bodie Hills
        • Masonic District
          • Masonic Mountain
MarekC pers. coll. 2018
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • Silver Lake District
        • Soda Mts
          • Baker
            • Otto Mountain
collected by Eckhard D. Stuart; EDS and PXRD cofirmed by A. Kampf
Collected by Bob Housley. EDS and PXRD analyzed.
  • Utah
    • Juab Co.
      • East Tintic Mts
        • Tintic District
          • Eureka
[MinRec 27:464]; Canadian Mineralogist; February 1996; v. 34; no. 1; p. 49-54; Roberts, A. C., Ercit, T. S., & Cureton, F. F. (1994). Mcalpineite, Cu3TeO6. H20, from the McAlpine mine, Tuolumne County, California, and from the Centennial Eureka mine, Juab County, Utah I. Mineralogical Magazine, 58, 417-424.
    • Utah Co.
      • East Tintic Mts
        • East Tintic District
SEM EDS confirmed by Rob Bowell.
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