†family Hudsonasteridae Schuchert 1914 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Hudsonasteridae

Synonym: Protopalaeasteridae Kesling 1962

Full reference: C. Schuchert. 1914. Fossilium Catalogus. 1: Animalia, pars 3, Stelleroidea palaeozoica. W. Junk, Berlin 1-53

Parent taxon: Asteroidea according to L. G. Herringshaw et al. 2007

See also Blake 1989, Dean Shackleton 2005, Kesling 1962, Owen 1965, Schuchert 1915, Spencer 1916, Spencer and Wright 1966, Webster et al. 1999 and Withers and Keble 1934

Sister taxa: Ambuloasteroidea, Arthrasteridae, Cryptozonia, Eriaster, Euasteroidea, Euaxosida, Fandasteridae, Hemizonida, Kermasida, Lepidasteridae, Neopalaeasteridae, Omanasteridae, Petraster, Phanerozoma, Phanerozonida, Platyasterida, Pleiadeaster, Pleuraster, Promopalaeaster, Promopalaeasteridae, Protasteracanthion, Pustulosida, Spinulosacea, Trichotaster, Uranasteridae

Subtaxa: Coccasterinae Doliaster Girvanaster Hudsonaster Hudsonasterinae Siluraster Silurasterinae

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Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal detritivore

Distribution:

• Devonian of United States (1: Colorado collection)

• Silurian of the United Kingdom (2)

• Ordovician of Canada (2: Quebec), the United Kingdom (3), United States (30: Illinois, Iowa, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee)

Total: 38 collections including 49 occurrences

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