Astropecten Gray 1840 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Paxillosida - Astropectinidae

Alternative spelling: Asterias (Astropecten)

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1840. A synopsis of the genera and species of the class Hypostoma Asterias (Linn.). Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6:275-290

Parent taxon: Astropectinidae according to S. K. Donovan et al. 2005

See also Gray 1840, McCoy 1848, Sepkoski 2002 and Spencer and Wright 1966

Sister taxa: Advenaster, Aldebarania, Astrocratis, Astropectininae, Ctenophoraster, Dipsacaster, Eokainaster, Pentasteria, Persephonaster, Plutonaster, Prothrissacanthias, Riedaster, Tethyaster

Subtaxa: Astropecten adriaticus Astropecten aranciaca Astropecten armatus Astropecten bathonicus Astropecten betzensteinensis Astropecten bispinosus Astropecten bononiensis Astropecten castellanensis Astropecten casterasi Astropecten corroyi Astropecten crenulatus Astropecten delaunayi Astropecten forbesi Astropecten foveolatus Astropecten granulatus Astropecten helveticus Astropecten irregularis Astropecten linati Astropecten matilijaensis Astropecten montalionis Astropecten montanus Astropecten moutieri Astropecten navodicensis Astropecten ornatus Astropecten petrobonae Astropecten pichleri Astropecten piveteaui Astropecten porosus Astropecten scupini Astropecten soldanii Astropecten taurolaevis Astropecten verrucosus

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Type: Asterias aranciaca

Ecology: slow-moving semi-infaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Pliocene of Italy (1 collection)

• Miocene of Chile (1), Egypt (1), Jamaica (1), Poland (1), United States (1: California)

• Oligocene of Germany (1), United States (1: Oregon)

• Eocene of United States (1: Oregon)

• Paleocene of the Netherlands (1)

• Cretaceous of the Czech Republic (1), France (3), Greenland (2)

• Jurassic of France (1)

Total: 17 collections including 25 occurrences

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