Family Heliastraeidae Alloiteau 1952 (stony coral)

Anthozoa - Scleractinia - Heliastraeidae

Parent taxon: Faviina according to D. Turnsek 1997

Sister taxa: Cladocoridae, Columastreidae, Diplocteniopsidae, Faviicae, Isastreidae, Misistellidae, Mussidae, Oculinidae, Pamiroseriidae, Phyllocoeniidae, Placocoeniidae, Placosmiliidae, Stylophyllicae, Tropidastraeidae

Subtaxa: Ellipsasteria Heliastrea

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Ecology: stationary intermediate-level epifaunal photosymbiotic-suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of New Caledonia (1 collection)

• Pliocene of Haiti (1)

• Miocene of Bulgaria (1), Cyprus (1), France (19), Greece (6), Haiti (3), Indonesia (1), Iran (1), Italy (5), Libya (1), Morocco (1), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Romania (2), Saudi Arabia (2), Somalia (5), Spain (9), Turkey (4), Ukraine (1)

• Oligocene of France (3), Italy (3), Libya (3), Somalia (5)

• Eocene of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Italy (1)

• Cretaceous of Chile (1), Georgia (2), Greece (1), Serbia and Montenegro (2), Switzerland (1), Tajikistan (1)

• Jurassic of the United Kingdom (1)

Total: 91 collections including 156 occurrences

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