Order Vaceletida Finks et al. 2004 (demosponge)

Demospongea - Vaceletida

Full reference: R. M. Finks, R. E. H. Reid, and J. K. Rigby. 2004. Porifera (Demospongea, Hexactinellida, Heteractinida, Calcarea). Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology Part E, Revised E(3):1-872

Parent taxon: Ceractinomorpha according to R. M. Finks et al. 2004

See also Rigby et al. 2008

Sister taxa: Agelasida, Burgundiidae, Halichondrida, Halisarcida, Medfraspongia, Sigmatosclerophorida

Subtaxa: Cheilosporitiidae Cribrothalamiidae Gigantothalamiidae Platysphaerocoelia Polytubithalamiidae Tebagathalamiidae Verticillitidae

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Ecology: stationary epifaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Eocene of Australia (2 collections), Italy (1)

• Paleocene of Denmark (1)

• Cretaceous of France (4)

• Jurassic of Italy (4), Morocco (1), Peru (1), Tajikistan (1)

• Triassic of Austria (12), Canada (4: British Columbia, Yukon), Germany (1), Greece (2), Hungary (2), India (2), Iran (11), Italy (8), Japan (1), Mexico (4), Oman (1), Peru (1), the Russian Federation (1), Slovakia (2), Slovenia (6), Tajikistan (7), Turkey (5), the United Arab Emirates (1), United States (6: Alaska, Nevada)

• Permian of China (20), Croatia (1), Greece (1), Italy (3), Tunisia (9)

• Devonian of Australia (1), United States (4: Alaska)

Total: 131 collections including 218 occurrences

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