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Ca2(◻,Mn)2(Fe3+,Mn,Mg)4Be4(PO4)6(OH)4(OH,H2O)2 · 4H2O
reddish brown
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in honour of Professor Rui Ribeiro Franco (9 June 1916 - 20 February 2008), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Brazilian mineralogy and geology.
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Classification of RuifrancoiteHide

Approval Year:

D : Phosphates, etc. with additional anions, with H2O
A : With small (and occasionally larger) cations

7 : (AB)2(XO4)Zq·xH2O

Physical Properties of RuifrancoiteHide

reddish brown
4½ on Mohs scale
Hardness Data:
2.88 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.859 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of RuifrancoiteHide

Ca2(◻,Mn)2(Fe3+,Mn,Mg)4Be4(PO4)6(OH)4(OH,H2O)2 · 4H2O
IMA Formula:
Ca22(Fe3+,Mn,Mg)4Be4(PO4)6(OH)6 · 4H2O

Crystallography of RuifrancoiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 15.911 Å, b = 11.894 Å, c = 6.625 Å
β = 94.5°
a:b:c = 1.338 : 1 : 0.557
Unit Cell V:
1250 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
9.485 (44)
5.943 (100)
4.816 (65)
3.169 (44)
3.117 (25)
3.065 (22)
2.777 (41)
2.643 (42)

Type Occurrence of RuifrancoiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
needles or laths 1 to 2 microns thick, and up to 100 microns long in fan-shaped boyryoids
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Museu de Geosciencias, Instituto de Geosciencas, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil ( DR587). Cotype deposited in the Mineralogical Collection , Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany (catalog no. 81420)
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of RuifrancoiteHide

Relationship of Ruifrancoite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
AtencioiteCa2Fe2+3Mg2Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
FootemineiteCa2Mn2+Mn2+2Mn2+2Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1
GreifensteiniteCa2Fe2+5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon.
GuimarãesiteCa2Be4Zn5(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
OkruschiteCa2Mn2+5Be4(AsO4)6(OH)4·6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
RoscheriteCa2Mn2+5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
ZanazziiteCa2Mg5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Childrenite21 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Childrenite on
Quartz14 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Quartz on
Beryllonite6 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Beryllonite on
Feldspar Group4 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Feldspar Group on
Mica Group4 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Mica Group on
Hydroxylherderite4 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Hydroxylherderite on
Meurigite-K3 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Meurigite-K on
Muscovite3 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Muscovite on
Berlinite2 photos of Ruifrancoite associated with Berlinite on
Childrenite-Eosphorite Series1 photo of Ruifrancoite associated with Childrenite-Eosphorite Series on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.DA.05BearsiteBe2(AsO4)(OH) · 4H2OMon.
8.DA.05MoraesiteBe2(PO4)(OH) · 4H2OMon.
8.DA.10RoscheriteCa2Mn2+5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
8.DA.10ZanazziiteCa2Mg5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
8.DA.10GreifensteiniteCa2Fe2+5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon.
8.DA.10AtencioiteCa2Fe2+3Mg2Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
8.DA.10GuimarãesiteCa2Be4Zn5(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
8.DA.10FootemineiteCa2Mn2+Mn2+2Mn2+2Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DA.15UraloliteCa2Be4(PO4)3(OH)3 · 5H2OMon.
8.DA.20WeinebeneiteCaBe3(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
8.DA.25TiptopiteK2(Na,Ca)2Li3Be6(PO4)6(OH)2 · H2OHex.
8.DA.30Veszelyite(Cu,Zn)2Zn(PO4)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DA.35Kipushite(Cu,Zn)5Zn(PO4)2(OH)6 · H2OMon.
8.DA.35Philipsburgite(Cu,Zn)6(AsO4,PO4)2(OH)6 · H2OMon.
8.DA.40SpenceriteZn4(PO4)2(OH)2 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P2/b
8.DA.45GlucineCaBe4(PO4)2(OH)4 · 0.5H2O
8.DA.50Ianbruceite[Zn2(OH)(H2O)(AsO4)](H2O)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b

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 RuifrancoiteHide

Reference List:
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D. Atencio, et al. (2007): Ruifrancoite, a new Fe3+-dominant monoclinic member of the roscherite group from Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Canadian Mineralogist, 45, 1263-1273.

Internet Links for RuifrancoiteHide

Localities for RuifrancoiteHide

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.
Brazil (TL)
  • Minas Gerais
    • Galiléia
      • Sapucaia do Norte
Atencio,K. et al (2007): Ruifrancoite, a new Fe3+-dominant monoclinic member of the roscherite group from Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Canadian Mineralogist. 45, 1263-1273.
    • Itinga
      • Taquaral
        • Piauí Valley
Pavel M. Kartashov analysis
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