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Lithaster pustuliferus

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Stauranderasteridae

Taxonomy
Pentaceros pustuliferus was named by Fraas (1886). It is not extant. Its type specimen is Lectotype AS I 825, Bayerische Saatssammlung für Paläontologie und historische Geologie.

It was recombined as Lithaster pustuliferus by Hess (1977); it was recombined as Pentaceros (Oreaster) pustuliferus by Hess (1975) and Hess (1991).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1886Pentaceros pustuliferus Fraas p. 254 figs. pl. 30, fig. 7-16
1975Pentaceros (Oreaster) pustuliferus Hess figs. pl. 18, fig. 11
1977Lithaster pustuliferus Hess pp. 327-328 figs. fig. 4
1991Pentaceros (Oreaster) pustuliferus Hess pp. 879-880

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
Ambulacraria
phylumEchinodermata
subphylumAsterozoa
classAsteroidea
RankNameAuthor
subclassAmbuloasteroidea
infraclassNeoasteroidea()
superorderValvatacea
orderValvatida
familyStauranderasteridae
genusLithaster
speciespustuliferus()

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
H. Hess 1977Disc large. Arms relatively massive long, cylindrical. Marginal plates low squared, with an abradial projection. External face with distinctive, adjoining crests and crater-shaped tubercles. Marginal and carinal of similar size but other plates from the dorsal face substantially smaller. Adambulacral plates block like bearing spine bases.