Family Asterinidae Gray 1840 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Asterinidae

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1840. A synopsis of the genera and species of the class Hypostoma Asterias (Linn.). Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6:275-290

Parent taxon: Valvatida according to D. B. Blake 1989

See also Gale 1987, Gale 2011, Hess 1972, Mah and Blake 2012, Perrier 1893 and Spencer and Wright 1966

Sister taxa: Acanthasteridae, Archasteridae, Arthraster, Asteriaceros, Asterodiscididae, Asteropseidae, Chaetasteridae, Ganeriidae, Geinitzaster, Goniasteridae, Goniasteroidea, Granulosina, Leptaster, Mithrodiidae, Odontasteridae, Ophidiasteridae, Oreasteridae, Poraniidae, Pycinasteridae, Sphaerasteridae, Stauranderasteridae, Tumulosina

Subtaxa: Asterininae Tremasterinae

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Ecology: epifaunal detritivore

Distribution:

• Jurassic of Antarctica (1 collection), France (1), Switzerland (1)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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