Family Asteriidae Gray 1840 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Forcipulatida - Asteriidae

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: Forcipulatida according to D. B. Blake 1989

See also Gale 1987, Gale 2011, Gale 2011, Hess 1972, Mah and Blake 2012, Perrier 1894 and Spencer and Wright 1966

Sister taxa: Asteriadina, Brisingida, Heliasteridae, Labidiasteridae, Neomorphasteridae, Pedicellasteridae, Protothyraster, Stichasteridae, Terminasteridae, Zoroasteridae

Subtaxa: Asteriinae Cretasterias Dermasterinae Germanasterias Hystrixasterias Pegaster Savignasterias Sclerasterias

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Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (2: Maryland collections)

• Miocene of Argentina (1)

• Eocene of Antarctica (1)

• Cretaceous of Belgium (1), France (7), Germany (1), Morocco (1), United States (1: California)

• Jurassic of Belgium (1), France (2), Germany (1), Switzerland (3), the United Kingdom (1)

Total: 23 collections including 24 occurrences

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