Family Amphiuridae Ljungman 1867 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea - Ophiurida - Amphiuridae

Full reference: A. V. Ljungman. 1867. Ophiuroidea viventia huc usque cognita enumerata. Öfversigt af Kongelige Vetenskapsakademiens Forhandlingar Stockholm 1866(9):303-336

Parent taxon: Gnathophiuridea according to R. Storc and J. Zitt 2008

See also Berry 1941, Jagt 2000, Matsumoto 1915, Skwarko 1963, Smith et al. 1995, Spencer and Wright 1966 and Storc 2004

Sister taxon: Ophiothricidae

Subtaxa: Amphioplus Amphiura Amphiurinae Bibophiura Deckersamphiura Nullamphiura Ophiactininae Ophiocnida Xanthamphiura

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Type: Amphiura

Ecology: semi-infaunal detritivore-suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Miocene of United States (1: California collection)

• Oligocene of Japan (1)

• Paleocene of France (1)

• Cretaceous to Paleogene of the Netherlands (1)

• Cretaceous of Australia (1), Belgium (2), the Czech Republic (3), Denmark (1), France (1), Germany (2), Mexico (1), the Netherlands (2), Switzerland (1), the United Kingdom (1), United States (1: California)

• Jurassic of France (2)

Total: 22 collections including 23 occurrences

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