Family Ophiacanthidae Perrier 1893 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea - Ophiurida - Ophiacanthidae

Full reference: E. Perrier. 1893. Traité de Zoologie. Librairie S. Savy, Paris 1(2):1-864

Parent taxon: Ophiurina according to B. Thuy et al. 2013

See also Jagt 2000, Matsumoto 1915, Shone 1986, Smith et al. 1995, Spencer and Wright 1966, Storc and Zitt 2008, Thuy 2011 and Thuy and Kroh 2011

Sister taxa: Hemieuryalina, Ophiactidae, Ophiolepididae

Subtaxa: Leadagmara Ophiacanthinae Ophioglyphoida Ophiolancea Ophiopinna Ophioplinthacinae

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Type: Ophiacantha

Ecology: epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Paleocene of United States (1: New Jersey collection)

• Cretaceous to Paleogene of the Netherlands (1)

• Cretaceous of Australia (1), Belgium (3), the Czech Republic (3), Denmark (1), France (3), Germany (2), the Netherlands (1), South Africa (1)

• Jurassic of France (7), Germany (3), Luxembourg (1), Switzerland (7), the United Kingdom (1)

• Triassic of Australia (1), Iran (1), Japan (1)

Total: 39 collections including 55 occurrences

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