†family Cheiropterasteridae Spencer 1934 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea - Cheiropterasteridae

Full reference: W. K. Spencer. 1934. A monograph of the British Palaeozoic Asterozoa. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society 1933(9):437-494

Parent taxon: Ophiuroidea according to W. K. Spencer 1934

See also Jell 1997, Jell and Theron 1999, Lehmann 1957 and Owen 1965

Sister taxa: Ataxaster, Calclyra, Calclyridae, Calyptactis, Encrinasteridae, Euryalida, Euzonosomatidae, Hallasteridae, Lumectaster, Muldaster, Myophiuridadup, Nodolanx, Oegophiurida, Oegophiuridea, Oegophiuroida, Ophiaulaxoides, Ophioma, Ophiopetagno, Ophiotrigonum, Ophiurella, Ophiurida, Ophiuridea, Phrynophiurida, Stenasteridae, Zygophiurae

Subtaxa: Hexuraster Vandelooaster

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Type: Cheiropteraster

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal detritivore-suspension feeder


• Carboniferous of United States (1: Indiana collection)

• Devonian of the Czech Republic (1), South Africa (2)

Total: 4 collections each including a single occurrence

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