†superfamily Metacyathoidea Bedford and Bedford 1934 (archaeocyath sponge)

Archaeocyatha - Archaeocyathida

Parent taxon: Archaeocyathina according to F. Debrenne et al. 2015

See also Debrenne and Kruse 1986

Sister taxa: Archaeocyathoidea, Beltanacyathoidea, Dictyocyathoidea, Naimarkcyathoidea, Tabellaecyathoidea, Warriootacyathoidea

Subtaxa: Copleicyathidae Jugalicyathidae Metacyathidae Sigmofungiidae

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Type: Metaldetes

Ecology: stationary intermediate-level epifaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Cambrian of Antarctica (2 collections), Australia (7), Canada (9: British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories), China (5), Italy (2), Mexico (3), Mongolia (4), Morocco (12), the Russian Federation (10), United States (5: California, Nevada)

Total: 59 collections including 82 occurrences

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