†family Euplectellidae Gray 1867 (glass sponge)

Hexactinellida - Lyssacinosa - Euplectellidae

Parent taxon: Lyssacinosa according to R.E.H. Reid 2004

See also Pisera and Busquets 2002 and Worheide et al. 2012

Sister taxa: Brachiospongia, Caulophacus, Colpospongia, Divaricospongia, Fistellaspongia, Leucopsacidae, Malumispongium, Oncosella, Opeamorphus, Pyritonema, Pyruspongia, Rossellidae, Stauractinella, Toomeyospongia, Wongaspongia, Rosella, Foerstella, Testispongia, Palaeorossella

Subtaxa: Acoelocalyx Docosaccus Euplectellina Euplectellinae Fiscella Heterotella Regadrella Sheldonia Silesiaspongia Taegerinae Walteria Walteriella

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Type: Euplectella

Ecology: stationary epifaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Miocene of Spain (2 collections)

• Eocene of Spain (1), United States (2: North Carolina)

• Paleocene to Eocene of New Zealand (1)

• Cretaceous of Australia (1), Denmark (1), Germany (1), the United Kingdom (1)

• Jurassic of Morocco (5)

• Triassic of Poland (3), United States (7: Nevada, Utah)

Total: 25 collections including 34 occurrences

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