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Tlalocite spherules from Bambollita Mine (Oriental Mine), Moctezuma, Mun. de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico (picture width: 3 mm).
Category Mineral
(repeating unit)
Cu10Zn6(TeO4)2(TeO3)(OH)25Cl · 25 H2O
IMA symbol Tia [1]
Strunz classification 7.DE.20
Dana classification33.3.2.1
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Unknown space group
Unit cell a = 16.78, b = 19.985
c = 12.069 [Å], Z = 4
ColorCapri blue, green in transmitted light
Crystal habit Velvety crusts or spheres, arced bands
Fracture Sectile, curved shavings or scrapings
Tenacity Gummy and sectile
Mohs scale hardness1
Streak Pale blue
Diaphaneity Translucent
Specific gravity 4.55 (measured) 4.58 (calculated)
Optical propertiesBiaxial (-)
Birefringence δ = 0.052
Pleochroism Green, bluish green
2V angle 64
Ultraviolet fluorescence none
Solubility Insoluble

Tlalocite is a rare and complex tellurate mineral with the formula Cu 10 Zn 6(Te O 4)2(Te O 3)(O H)25 Cl · 27 H2O. It has a Mohs hardness of 1, and a cyan color. It was named after Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, in allusion to the high amount of water contained within the crystal structure. [2] [3] It is not to be confused with quetzalcoatlite, which often looks similar in color and habit.


Tlalocite was first identified in the Bambollite mine (La Oriental), Moctezuma, Municipio de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico and it was approved by the IMA in 1974. It often occurs together with tenorite, azurite, malachite and tlapallite. It is found in partially oxidized portions of tellurium-bearing hydrothermal veins. [4] [5]

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Tlapallite is a rare and complex tellurate mineral with the chemical formula (Ca,Pb)3CaCu6[Te4+3Te6+O12]2(Te4+O3)2(SO4)2·3H2O. It has a Moh's hardness of 3 and it is green in colour. It was named after the Nahua word "Tlalpalli", which translates to paint, referring to the paint-like habit of the mineral. Its formula and crystal structure were redefined in 2019, showing it contained a mixed-valence phyllotellurate layer [Te4+3Te6+O12]12−.


Carlfriesite is a rare tellurium mineral with the formula CaTe4+2Te6+O8, or more simplified: CaTe3O8. It has a Moh's hardness of 3.5 and it occurs in various shades of yellow, ranging from bright yellow to a light buttery color. It was named after Carl Fries Jr. (1910–1965) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Institute of the National University, Mexico City, Mexico. It was previously thought to have the formula H4Ca(TeO3)3, but this was proven to be incorrect. It has no uses beyond being a collector's item.


Quetzalcoatlite is a rare tellurium oxysalt mineral with the formula Zn6Cu3(TeO6)2(OH)6 · AgxPbyClx+2y. It also contains large amounts of silver- and lead(II)chloride with the formula AgxPbyClx+2y (x+y≤2). It has a Mohs hardness of 3 and it crystallizes in the trigonal system. It has a deep blue color. It was named after Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec and Toltec god of the sea, alluding to its color. It is not to be confused with tlalocite, which has a similar color and habit.

Teineite is a tellurite mineral with the formula Cu(TeO3). 2 H2O. It has a Moh's hardness of 2.5 and it comes in many different shades of blue, ranging from cerulean blue to bluish-gray. The mineral millsite has the same chemical composition, but crystallizes in the monoclinic system, while teineite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system.


Khinite is a rare tellurate mineral with the formula Pb2+Cu2+3TeO6(OH)2 It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system and has a bottle-green colour. It is often found as dipyramidal, curved or corroded crystals no more than 0.15 mm in size. The tetragonal dimorph of khinite is called parakhinite.


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