Fluor-liddicoatite is a rare member of the tourmaline subgroup, and the theoretical calcium of the elbaite-fluor-liddicoatite series; the pure end-member has not yet been found in nature. Fluor-liddicoatite is indistinguishable from elbaite by X-ray diffraction techniques. It forms a series with elbaite and probably also with olenite Liddiocoatite is currently a non-approved mineral name, but Aurisicchio et al. (1999) and Breaks et al. (2008) found OH-dominant species. Formulae are * Fluor-liddicoatite Ca(Li2Al)Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)3F * Elbaite Na(Al1.5Li1.5)Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4 * Olenite NaAl9B3Si6O27O3(OH)
Fluor-liddicoatite was named in 1977 after Richard T. Liddicoat (1918–2002) gemmologist and president of the Gemological Institute of America who is well known for introducing the GIA diamond grading system in 1953.