Non-self-intersecting toroidal polyhedra are embedded toroids, while self-intersecting toroidal polyhedra are toroidal as abstract polyhedra, which can be verified by their Euler characteristic (0 or less), and their self-intersecting realization in Euclidean 3-space is a polyhedral immersion.
If a toriodal polyhedron is non-orientable then it cannot be embedded in 3-space, for example the Klein bottle is a non-orientable toroid of Euler characteristic 0. If the toroid has an odd-valued Euler characteristic then it cannot be embedded, however the Klein bottle demonstrates that the converse is not true.
A special category of toroidal polyhedra are constructed exclusively by regular polygon faces, no intersections, and a further restriction that adjacent faces may not exist in the same plane. These are called Stewart toroids, named after Professor Bonnie Stewart who explored their existence.
Stewart also defined them as quasi-convex toroidal polyhedra if the convex hull created no new edges (i.e. the holes can be filled by single planar polygons).
The Császár polyhedron is a seven-vertex toroidal polyhedron with 21 edges and 14 triangular faces. It and the tetrahedron are the only known polyhedra in which every possible line segment connecting two vertices forms an edge of the polyhedron. Its dual, the Szilassi polyhedron, has seven hexagonal faces that are all adjacent to each other.
The Császár polyhedron has the fewest possible vertices of any toroidal polyhedron, and the Szilassi polyhedron has the fewest possible faces of any toroidal polyhedron.
Allowing faces to intersect produces toroidal polyhedra that are hard to recognize except by determining their Euler characteristic: χ = 2(1 − g). Such polyhedra are toroidal as abstract polyhedra, and their self-intersecting realization in Euclidean 3-space is a polyhedral immersion.
A crown polyhedron or stephanoid is a toroidal polyhedron which is also noble, being both isogonal (equal vertices) and isohedral (equal faces). Crown polyhedra are self-intersecting and topologically self-dual.2
- Johnson solid – A set of convex polyhedra similar to the Stewart toroids
- Deltahedron – Includes toroidal polyhedra with triangular faces
- Infinite skew polyhedron
- Spherical polyhedron
- Projective polyhedron
- Stewart (1964).
- Grünbaum, B.; Polyhedra with hollow faces, Proc. NATO-ASI Conf. on polytopes: abstract, convex and computational, Toronto 1983, Ed. Bisztriczky, T. Et Al., Kluwer Academic (1994), pp. 43–70.