Metalia Gray 1855 (heart urchin)

Echinoidea - Spatangoida - Brissidae

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1855. Catalogue of the Recent Echinida, or Sea Eggs, in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I. Echinida Irregularia. Woodfall & Kinder, London 1-69

Parent taxon: Brissidae according to A. G. Fischer 1966

See also Sepkoski 2002

Sister taxa: Aguayoaster, Arcaechinus, Brissopatagus, Brissopsidae, Brissopsis, Brissus, Cionobrissus, Cyclaster, Diplodetus, Eupatagus, Fernandezaster, Fourtaunia, Gillechinus, Gualtieria, Herreraster, Hikelaster, Hysteraster, Lajanaster, Macropneustes, Mariania, Mauritanaster, Megapneustes, Meoma, Migliorinia, Pharaonaster, Plagiobrissus, Plesiopatagus, Radiobrissus, Rhynobrissus, Rojasia, Stomaporus, Taimanawa, Trachypatagus, Unifascia

Subtaxa: Metalia palmeri

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Ecology: slow-moving shallow infaunal deposit feeder-detritivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (1: South Carolina collection)

• Miocene of Cuba (1), Fiji (2), Italy (2)

• Oligocene of Antigua and Barbuda (1)

• Eocene to Oligocene of Cuba (1)

• Eocene of Pakistan (1)

Total: 9 collections each including a single occurrence

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