Family Heliasteridae Viguier 1878 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Forcipulatida - Heliasteridae

Full reference: C. Viguier. 1878. Classification des Stellérides. Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences 84:681-683

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

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

Sister taxa: Asteriadina, Asteriidae, Brisingida, Labidiasteridae, Neomorphasteridae, Pedicellasteridae, Protothyraster, Stichasteridae, Terminasteridae, Zoroasteridae

Subtaxa: Heliaster

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Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Pliocene of United States (2: Florida collections)

Total: 2 collections each including a single occurrence

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