Family Echinothuriidae Thomson 1872 (sea urchin)

Echinoidea - Echinothurioida - Echinothuriidae

Full reference: C. W. Thomson. 1872. Notice of a new family of the Echinodermata. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 7:615-617

Parent taxon: Echinothurioida according to A. Kroh and A. B. Smith 2010

See also Fell 1966 and Jagt 2000

Sister taxa: Kamptosomatidae, Pelanechinidae, Phormosomatidae

Subtaxa: Echinothuriinae Hygrosomatinae Sperosomatinae

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Type: Echinothuria

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Cretaceous of Belgium (3 collections), Germany (1)

Total: 4 collections each including a single occurrence

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