Metopaster uncatus Forbes 1848 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Goniasteridae

Alternative combinations: Astrogonium uncatum, Goniaster (Goniodiscus) uncatus, Goniaster uncatus, Goniodiscus uncatus

Synonyms: Astrogonium rugatum Forbes 1848, Goniaster (Goniodiscus) rugatus Forbes 1848, Goniaster rugatus Forbes 1848, Goniodiscus rugatus Forbes 1848, Metopaster cingulatus Sladen 1893, Metopaster quadratus Spencer 1907, Metopaster rugatus Forbes 1848, Mitraster rugatus Forbes 1848

Full reference: E. Forbes. 1848. On the Asteriadae found fossil in British strata. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, and of the Museum of Practical Geology in London 2(2):457-482

Belongs to Metopaster according to J. W. M. Jagt 2000

See also Breton 1978, Breton 1988, Breton 1992, Brünnich-Nielsen 1943, Carpenter 1882, Dujardin and Hupé 1862, Forbes 1848, Forbes 1850, Gale 1987, Gale 1989, Helm 1997, Lewis 1993, Mercier 1935, Mercier 1936, Morris 1854, Quenstedt 1876, Rasmussen 1950, Schulz and Weitschat 1975, Sladen 1893, Spencer 1907, Spencer 1913, Valette 1915, Wright and Smith 1987 and Wright and Wright 1940

Sister taxa: Metopaster alexiae, Metopaster andreae, Metopaster angulatus, Metopaster bezanconi, Metopaster bignoti, Metopaster bromleyi, Metopaster calcar, Metopaster carinatus, Metopaster chilipora, Metopaster continuus, Metopaster dividuus, Metopaster downendensis, Metopaster duvergieri, Metopaster elegans, Metopaster elevatus, Metopaster elongatus, Metopaster hunteri, Metopaster hypertelicus, Metopaster icenicus, Metopaster kagstrupensis, Metopaster laevis, Metopaster lisanae, Metopaster loirensis, Metopaster maculatus, Metopaster medius, Metopaster meudonensis, Metopaster miloni, Metopaster montainvillensis, Metopaster parkinsoni, Metopaster polyplacus, Metopaster poulsenii, Metopaster praetumidus, Metopaster rugissimus, Metopaster schulzi, Metopaster spencerii, Metopaster stratifera, Metopaster tamarae, Metopaster teilhardi, Metopaster tenneseensis, Metopaster tercensis, Metopaster thoracifer, Metopaster trichilae, Metopaster tumidus, Ravniaster granulatus

Subtaxa: Metopaster quadratus parvus

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Type specimens:

  • Metopaster uncatus: holotype BNHM E 20265, paratype BNHM E 20264
  • Goniaster (Goniodiscus) rugatus:
  • Metopaster cingulatus:
  • Metopaster quadratus:

Ecology: epifaunal detritivore


• Cretaceous of Belgium (1 collection), France (9)

Total: 10 collections each including a single occurrence

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