†family Pycinasteridae Spencer and Wright 1966 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Pycinasteridae

Alternative spelling: Pycinasterinae

Full reference: W. K. Spencer and C.W. Wright. 1966. Asterozoans. Moore R.C. ed, Treatise on invertebrate paleontology, Echinodermata, University of Kansas Press and the Geological Society of America 3(1):U4-U107

Parent taxon: Valvatida according to G. Breton and D. Néraudeau 2008

See also Spencer and Wright 1966

Sister taxa: Acanthasteridae, Archasteridae, Arthraster, Asteriaceros, Asterinidae, Asterodiscididae, Asteropseidae, Chaetasteridae, Ganeriidae, Geinitzaster, Goniasteridae, Goniasteroidea, Granulosina, Leptaster, Mithrodiidae, Odontasteridae, Ophidiasteridae, Oreasteridae, Poraniidae, Sphaerasteridae, Stauranderasteridae, Tumulosina

Subtaxa: Phocidaster Pycinaster

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Type: Pycinaster

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Eocene of France (2 collections)

• Paleocene of Denmark (1)

• Cretaceous of Belgium (1), the Czech Republic (1), France (16), Germany (1), Switzerland (1), the United Kingdom (4)

• Jurassic of France (1)

Total: 28 collections including 30 occurrences

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