Metopaster tumidus Spencer 1913 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Goniasteridae

Synonym: Metopaster virgeneus Brünnich-Nielsen 1943

Full reference: W. K. Spencer. 1913. The evolution of Cretaceous Asteroidea. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, serie B 204:99-177

Belongs to Metopaster according to M. Reich and P. Frenzel 2002

See also Breton 1985, Brünnich-Nielsen 1943, Gale 1987, Jagt 1999, Jagt 2000, Lewis 1993, Müller 1953, Müller 1961, Rasmussen 1950, Rasmussen 1979, Schulz and Weitschat 1971, Schulz and Weitschat 1975, Spencer 1913, Umbgrove 1925 and Wright and Wright 1940

Sister taxa: Metopaster alexiae, Metopaster andreae, Metopaster angulatus, Metopaster bezanconi, Metopaster bignoti, Metopaster bromleyi, Metopaster calcar, Metopaster carinatus, Metopaster chilipora, Metopaster continuus, Metopaster dividuus, Metopaster downendensis, Metopaster duvergieri, Metopaster elegans, Metopaster elevatus, Metopaster elongatus, Metopaster hunteri, Metopaster hypertelicus, Metopaster icenicus, Metopaster kagstrupensis, Metopaster laevis, Metopaster lisanae, Metopaster loirensis, Metopaster maculatus, Metopaster medius, Metopaster meudonensis, Metopaster miloni, Metopaster montainvillensis, Metopaster parkinsoni, Metopaster polyplacus, Metopaster poulsenii, Metopaster praetumidus, Metopaster rugissimus, Metopaster schulzi, Metopaster spencerii, Metopaster stratifera, Metopaster tamarae, Metopaster teilhardi, Metopaster tenneseensis, Metopaster tercensis, Metopaster thoracifer, Metopaster trichilae, Metopaster uncatus, Ravniaster granulatus

Type specimens:

  • Metopaster tumidus: holotype BNHM E 13266, paratypes BNHM E 13265, E 13267-73
  • Metopaster virgeneus:

Ecology: epifaunal detritivore


• Cretaceous of France (1 collection), Germany (1), the Netherlands (1)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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