†family Protospongiidae Hinde 1887 (glass sponge)

Hexactinellida - Reticulosa - Protospongiidae

Alternative spelling: Protospongidae

Parent taxon: Protospongioidea according to D. C. Garcia-Bellido and J. K. Rigby 2004

See also Henningsmoen 1952, Henningsmoen 1958 and McMenamin 2008

Sister taxon: Triactinellidae

Subtaxa: Acanthodictya Actinodictya Brooksella Diagoniella Gabelia Heminectere Hexatractiella Hunanospongia Iberospongia Kiwetinokia Megastylia Metaxyspongia Palaeosaccus Plectoderma Protospongia Quadrolaminiella Saetaspongia Sanshapentella Testiispongia Triticispongia

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Ecology: stationary epifaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Devonian of Germany (1 collection), Spain (1), United States (2: Nevada)

• Silurian of Canada (5: British Columbia), Greenland (1), Portugal (1), United States (1: Nevada)

• Klabava of the Czech Republic (2)

• Ordovician of the United Kingdom (3), United States (1: Idaho)

• Cressagian of the United Kingdom (1)

• Tremadoc of Argentina (1), United States (1: New York)

• Solvan of Argentina (1), Canada (1: British Columbia)

• Amgan of Norway (1)

• Delamaran of Canada (11: British Columbia), United States (3: Pennsylvania, Utah)

• Cambrian to Ordovician of Argentina (1)

• Cambrian of Argentina (4), Canada (3: British Columbia), China (37), Denmark (2), Italy (1), Mexico (2), Norway (2), the Russian Federation (18), the United Kingdom (2), United States (19: Georgia, New York, Utah, Vermont)

• Ediacaran of Namibia (1)

Total: 130 collections including 192 occurrences

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