Sphaeraster Quenstedt 1876 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Sphaerasteridae

Synonym: Sphaerites Quenstedt 1852 [replaced name]

Full reference: F. A. Quenstedt. 1876. Petrefaktenkunde Deutschlands, 1 abt. Echinodermen (Asteriden und Encriniden). L.F. Fues, Leipzig 1-742

Parent taxon: Sphaerasteridae according to W. K. Spencer and C.W. Wright 1966

See also Quenstedt 1852, Quenstedt 1876 and Schöndorf 1906

Sister taxa: Testudinaster, Valettaster

Subtaxa: Sphaeraster punctatus Sphaeraster scutatus Sphaeraster tabulatus Sphaerites nervisequus

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Type: Sphaerites punctatus

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Jurassic of Germany (2 collections), Ukraine (1)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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