Superfamily Paleopneustidea Agassiz 1904 (heart urchin)

Echinoidea - Spatangoida

Full reference: A. Agassiz. 1904. The Panamic Deep Sea Echini. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 31:1-243

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

Sister taxa: Periasteridae, Prenasteridae, Schizasteridae

Subtaxa: Paleopneustidae Pericosmidae

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Ecology: slow-moving shallow infaunal deposit feeder-detritivore

Distribution:

• Pliocene of United States (1: California collection)

• Miocene of Australia (1), Austria (1), Costa Rica (1), Cuba (3), Egypt (1), Indonesia (3), Italy (3), Japan (1), New Zealand (7)

• Waitakian of New Zealand (1)

• Oligocene of Australia (1), Japan (1)

• Whaingaroan of New Zealand (2)

• Eocene of Cuba (1), New Zealand (1)

• Paleocene of United States (1: California)

• Cretaceous of Algeria (2), France (7), Germany (1), Madagascar (3), Mexico (1), Morocco (1), Portugal (1), Spain (6), Switzerland (3), the United Arab Emirates (1), the United Kingdom (1), United States (1: Texas)

Total: 58 collections including 65 occurrences

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