Mediaster Stimpson 1857 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Goniasteridae

Full reference: W. Stimpson. 1857. On the Crustacea and Echinodermata of the Pacific shores of North America. Boston Journal of Natural History 6:444-532

Parent taxon: Goniasteridae according to A. M. Clark and M.E. Downey 1992

See also Sepkoski 2002 and Spencer and Wright 1966

Sister taxa: Bugarachaster, Buterminaster, Caletaster, Calliaster, Calliderma, Capellia, Cenomanaster, Ceramaster, Chomataster, Cladaster, Codellaster, Comptonia, Comptoniaster, Cottreauaster, Crateraster, Cymbaster, Fayoumaster, Fomalhautia, Forbesiaster, Fredaster, Galbaster, Goniasterinae, Haccourtaster, Hessaster, Hippasteria, Hippasteriinae, Huroeaster, Leptogonium, Marocaster, Mastaster, Metopaster, Miopentagonaster, Nehalemia, Noviaster, Nymphaster, Ocalaster, Ogmaster, Ophryaster, Oyenaster, Pachyaster, Paragonaster, Parametopaster, Peltaster, Pentetagonaster, Pseudarchasterinae, Pulcinellaster, Spenceraster, Sucia, Talecaster, Teichaster, Tesselaster, Tomidaster, Tosia, Tylasteria

Subtaxa: Mediaster hayi

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Ecology: epifaunal detritivore

Distribution:

• Eocene of France (1 collection)

• Cretaceous of United States (1: California)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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