Family Ophiolepididae Matsumoto 1915 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea - Ophiurida - Ophiolepididae

Alternative spelling: Ophiolepidinae

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 B. Thuy et al. 2012

See also Berry 1937, Berry 1941, Donovan et al. 2005, Jagt 2000, Matsumoto 1915, Smith et al. 1995, Spencer and Wright 1966, Storc and Zitt 2008, Thuy and Kroh 2011 and Wolburg 1939

Sister taxa: Hemieuryalina, Ophiacanthidae, Ophiactidae

Subtaxa: Aplocoma Archaeophiomusium Enakomusium Eozonella Mesophiomusium Ophiolepis Ophiomastinae Ophiomusium Ophiozonella

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Type: Ophiolepis

Ecology: epifaunal carnivore-detritivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of the United Kingdom (1 collection)

• Miocene of Chile (1), Jamaica (1)

• Oligocene of Germany (1)

• Paleocene of Denmark (1), United States (2: New Jersey)

• Cretaceous to Paleogene of the Netherlands (1), Poland (1)

• Cretaceous of Belgium (11), the Czech Republic (3), Denmark (1), France (5), Germany (3), Mexico (1), the Netherlands (4), Switzerland (1), the United Kingdom (3)

• Jurassic of France (8), Germany (9), Luxembourg (1), Portugal (1), Switzerland (13), the United Kingdom (7)

• Triassic of China (2), France (1), Iran (1), Israel (1), Italy (1), Japan (1), the Netherlands (2), Pakistan (1), the United Kingdom (1)

• Permian of United States (6: Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma), Venezuela (1)

• Carboniferous of United States (1: Kansas)

Total: 99 collections including 134 occurrences

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