†family Astrosphaeridae Haeckel 1881 (radiolarian)

Radiolaria - Spumellaria - Astrosphaeridae

Parent taxon: Spumellaria according to P. De Wever et al. 2001

Sister taxa: Acaeniotylidae, Acanthopyle, Actinommidae, Adiyamanium, Allocyrtium, Amphicyclia, Amphisphaera, Amphistylus, Anakrusidae, Angulobracchiidae, Antygoporidae, Archaeospongoprunidae, Artiscus, Astractura, Astrococcus, Astrocyclia, Astromma, Astrosestrum, Beatricea, Bernoulliidae, Bolenidae, Callosphaera, Caltrop, Cannartidium, Cannartiscus, Cannartus, Capnuchosphaeridae, Caryosphaera, Caspiaza, Caucasicus, Cavaspongiidae, Cenellipsis, Cenodiscaella, Cenodiscus, Cenolarcopyle, Cessipylorum, Coccodiscidae, Coccolarcus, Conocaryommidae, Conosphaera, Cromyodruppocarpus, Cromyostaurolonche, Cryptolarancium, Cyrtiphaeronemium, Dactyliosphaeridae, Dicoccura, Dictyastrum, Didactylum, Diplactura, Diploplegma, Disolenia, Distriactis, Domuzdagiidae, Doryconthidium, Dorydictyum, Dorydiscus, Dorydruppa, Dorylonchidium, Doryphacus, Doryplegma, Dorysphaera, Druppastylus, Druppocarpus, Druppula, Echinomma, Ellipsidium, Ellipsostylus, Emiluviidae, Entapiidae, Flustrella, Fontinella, Foremanella, Formanhelena, Glomeropyle, Hagiastridae, Halidictyum, Haliomma, Haplotaeniatumidae, Heliocladus, Heliodiscidae, Heliosoma, Heterosestrum, Hexacladus, Hexacromyum, Hexadoras, Hexaloncharium, Hexaporobrachiidae, Hexapylomellidae, Hexastylarium, Hymenactura, Hymeniastrum, Kalimnasphaera, Kreyzstella, Lampasa, Larcidium, Larnacalpis, Larnacantha, Larnacillidae, Leugeonidae, Liosphaera, Lithapium, Lithatractus, Melittosphaera, Mendacastridae, Miropylidae, Natraglia, Ommatocampe, Ommatodiscus, Ommatospyris, Orbiculiformidae, Orosphaeridae, Orostaurs, Palaeorubus, Palaeotetraphyle, Pantanelliidae, Parasaturnalidae, Paratriassoastridae, Paratriassoastrum, Parvivaccidae, Patulibracchiidae, Pentactinocapus, Pentactura, Pentalastrum, Pentasphaera, Peritiviator, Phacotriactis, Phantum, Phorticum, Phyletripes, Pipetta, Pipettaria, Plegmosphaera, Praeconocaryommidae, Prunocarpus, Pseudoacanthocircidae, Pseudoacanthosphaera, Pseudoaulophacidae, Pseudosaturnalis, Pyloniacea, Pyloniidae, Pyramispongiidae, Rhodosphaera, Rhopalodictyum, Rustia, Saturnaliacea, Saturnaliidae, Sethodiscinus, Sethostaurus, Spironium, Spongasteriscus, Spongiomma, Spongoacanthus, Spongobrachium, Spongocoelia, Spongodiscacea, Spongodiscidae, Spongolonche, Spongopalliidae, Spongophacus, Spongoplegma, Sponguracea, Sponguridae, Srakaeosphaera, Stauracontium, Staurancistra, Staurococcura, Staurocromyum, Staurocyclia, Staurodictya, Staurodoras, Stauroplegma, Staurostylus, Stomatodiscus, Stylocyclia, Stylosphaeridae, Stylostaurus, Styptosphaera, Suttoniidae, Tauridastrum, Tetrapylonium, Tetrarectangulum, Tetriastrum, Thalassicola, Theodiscus, Tholoniidae, Tipperella, Triactis, Trigonocyclia, Tripodictya, Tritrabidae, Trochodiscus, Veghicycliidae, Vinassaspongus, Vitorfidae, Xiphodictya, Xiphosphaera, Xiphostaurus, Xiphostylidae, Zonodiscus

Subtaxa: Arachnosphaera Astrosphaera Astrospongus Cladococcus Diplosphaera Drymosphaera Elaphococcus Haeckeliella Haplosphaera Heliosphaera Heteracantha Hexancistra Hexapyramis Leptosphaera Lychnosphaera Porococcus Rhizoplegma Rhizospongus Thalassoplegma

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Type: Astrosphaera

Ecology: passively mobile planktonic omnivore

Distribution:

• Paleocene of New Zealand (1 collection)

• Cretaceous of Germany (1), Italy (41)

• Jurassic of Antarctica (2), Germany (4), Japan (8)

• Triassic of Austria (1)

Total: 58 collections including 73 occurrences

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