†family Lyrodesmatidae Ulrich 1894 (clam)

Bivalvia - Unioni - Lyrodesmatidae

Alternative spelling: Lyrodesmidae

Parent taxon: Lyrodesmatoidea according to J. G. Carter et al. 2011

See also Bouchet et al. 2010, Harrison and Harrison 1975, Heidecker 1959, Nevesskaja 2009, Newell 1965, Pojeta et al. 1986 and Vokes 1980

Sister taxon: Pseudarcidae

Subtaxa: Brachilyrodesma Lyrodesma Lyronucula Noradonta Pseudarca Pseudaxinus Siliquarca Tanaodon

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Ecology: facultatively mobile shallow infaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Devonian of Australia (2 collections), China (2), Poland (1)

• Silurian of the United Kingdom (2), United States (1: Ohio)

• Ordovician of Australia (4), Canada (11: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Québec), France (3), Spain (2), the United Kingdom (3), United States (45: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia)

• Arenig of France (2), the United Kingdom (1)

Total: 79 collections including 84 occurrences

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