†family Dendrasteridae Lambert 1900 (sand dollar)

Echinoidea - Clypeasteroida - Dendrasteridae

Full reference: J. Lambert. 1900. Étude sur quelques échinides de l’infra-Lias et du Lias. Bulletin de la Société des Sciences Historiques et Naturelles de l’Yonne 53(2):3-57

Parent taxon: Scutelliformes according to A. Kroh and A. B. Smith 2010

See also Durham 1966

Sister taxa: Abertellidae, Astriclypeidae, Echinarachniidae, Eoscutellidae, Mellitidae, Monophorasteridae, Placatenellidae, Protoscutellidae, Rotulidae, Scutasteridae, Scutellidae, Taiwanasteridae

Subtaxa: Dendraster Merriamaster Scaphechinus Scutellaster

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Ecology: slow-moving semi-infaunal detritivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Japan (1 collection), Mexico (1), United States (13: California, Florida, Oregon, South Carolina)

• Blancan of United States (4: California)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of United States (1: California)

• Pliocene of Mexico (7), United States (6: California, Florida)

• Miocene to Pliocene of United States (5: California)

• Miocene of Mexico (1), United States (4: California)

Total: 43 collections including 52 occurrences

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