Order Astrophorida (demosponge)

Demospongea - Astrophorida

Parent taxon: Tetractinellida according to G. Worheide et al. 2012

See also Sepkoski 2002

Sister taxa: none

Subtaxa: Acanthastrella Acanthophora Arthaberia Calthropella Condylacanthus Corticium Craniella Euleraphe Fusiferella Geodites Halina Ophiraphidites Ortmannia Pachastrella Paropsites Penares Rhabdospongia Rhaxelloides Stromatorhaxella Thoosidae Thrombidae Thrombus Youngella

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Ecology: stationary epifaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Miocene of Algeria (1 collection), Argentina (1), Slovakia (1), Spain (1)

• Eocene of United States (1: North Carolina)

• Paleocene to Eocene of New Zealand (1)

• Cretaceous of Germany (5), Poland (1), the United Kingdom (3)

• Jurassic of the United Kingdom (1)

• Devonian of United States (5: New York, Ohio)

Total: 21 collections including 30 occurrences

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