†family Chinianasteridae Spencer 1951

Somasteroidea - Chinianasteridae

Synonym: Villebrunasteridae Fell 1963

Full reference: W. K. Spencer. 1951. Early Palaeozoic starfish. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, series B 235(B623):87-129

Parent taxon: Somasteroida according to J. Dean Shackleton 2005

See also Blake 1989, Blake and Guensburg 1993, Fell 1963, Owen 1965, Spencer 1951 and Spencer and Wright 1966

Sister taxa: Archegonaster, Archegonasteridae, Catervaparmaster, Goniactinida, Hadrosida

Subtaxa: Chinianaster Ophioxenikos Thoralaster Villebrunaster

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Ecology: epifaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Ordovician of France (3 collections), United States (1: Nevada)

• Arenig of France (1)

Total: 5 collections including 8 occurrences

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