Anapaite was named by Arthur Sachs in 1902, after its type locality Anapa, Taman Peninsula, Russia. Anapaite is a rare phosphate mineral. Its tabular, blade like crystals are similar to shards of glass. They often coalesce like sheaf. It mostly issues in swampy environment, in sedimentary iron ore with oolite, in petrified woods, inside shells, or maybe in coal, but rarely can be found in pegmatites. It has localities near the Black Sea (Anapa iron ore mine, Taman Peninsula, Kerch Peninsula) and Spain, Germany, Italy, USA.