Family Ophiactidae Matsumoto 1915 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea - Ophiurida - Ophiactidae

Full reference: H. Matsumoto. 1915. A new classification of Ophiuroidea: with description of genera and species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 67:43-92

Parent taxon: Ophiurina according to L. Martin-Medrano et al. 2009

See also Jagt 2000, Smith et al. 1995 and Spencer and Wright 1966

Sister taxa: Hemieuryalina, Ophiacanthidae, Ophiolepididae

Subtaxa: Ophiactis Ophiopholis

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Type: Ophiactis

Ecology: epifaunal suspension feeder-detritivore

Distribution:

• Cretaceous of Belgium (1 collection), Denmark (1), France (2), Germany (1), Mexico (1)

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

Total: 12 collections each including a single occurrence

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