†family Sphaerasteridae Schöndorf 1906 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Sphaerasteridae

Full reference: F. Schöndorf. 1906. Das Genus Sphaeraster und seine Beziehungen zu rezenten Seesternen. Jahresbericht des Vereins für Naturkunde 59:251-256

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

See also Spencer and Wright 1966 and Villier 2010

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

Subtaxa: Sphaeraster Testudinaster Valettaster

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Type: Sphaeraster

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Paleocene of Denmark (1 collection)

• Cretaceous to Paleogene of the Netherlands (1)

• Cretaceous of Belgium (2), the Czech Republic (2), France (18), Germany (1), the Netherlands (3), the United Kingdom (1)

• Jurassic of France (1), Germany (2), Switzerland (1), Ukraine (1)

Total: 34 collections including 40 occurrences

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