Family Astropectinidae Gray 1840 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Paxillosida - Astropectinidae

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: Paxillosida according to L. Villier et al. 2007

See also Blake 1989, Blake and Jagt 2005, Blake and Sturgeon 1995, Donovan et al. 1993, Donovan et al. 2005, Gale 1987, Gale 2011, Gale 2011, Hess 1972, Mah and Blake 2012, Perrier 1884, Sladen 1889, Spencer and Wright 1966, Villier 2008 and Villier 2010

Sister taxa: Cribellina, Ctenodiscidae, Diplozonina, Goniopectinidae, Luidiidae, Notomyotina, Porcellanasteridae

Subtaxa: Advenaster Aldebarania Astrocratis Astropecten Astropectininae Ctenophoraster Dipsacaster Eokainaster Pentasteria Persephonaster Plutonaster Prothrissacanthias Riedaster Tethyaster

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Type: Astropecten

Ecology: slow-moving semi-infaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Pliocene of Italy (1 collection)

• Miocene of Chile (1), Egypt (1), Jamaica (1), Poland (1), United States (4: California, Florida)

• Oligocene to Miocene of United States (1: Florida)

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

• Eocene of Antarctica (1), France (2), Jamaica (3), the United Kingdom (1), United States (1: Oregon)

• Paleocene of Denmark (1), the Netherlands (1)

• Cretaceous to Paleogene of Poland (1)

• Cretaceous of Algeria (1), Belgium (10), Canada (2: Alberta), the Czech Republic (1), France (26), Germany (2), Greenland (2), Jamaica (2), Morocco (2), the Netherlands (8), Spain (1), Switzerland (1), the United Kingdom (4), United States (2: North Carolina, Texas)

• Jurassic of France (12), Germany (2), India (1), Luxembourg (1), Poland (1), Switzerland (9), United States (3: Utah, Wyoming)

Total: 117 collections including 143 occurrences

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