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Ocalaster timucum

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Goniasteridae

Taxonomy
Ocalaster timucum was named by Blake and Portell (2009). Its type specimen is Holotype UF 17244 and is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Dolime Quarry 01, Citrus County, which is in an Eocene shallow subtidal grainstone in the Ocala Limestone Formation of Florida. It is the type species of Ocalaster.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2009Ocalaster timucum Blake and Portell p. 572 figs. fig. 5

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
Ambulacraria
phylumEchinodermata
subphylumAsterozoa
classAsteroidea
RankNameAuthor
subclassAmbuloasteroidea
infraclassNeoasteroidea()
superorderValvatacea
orderValvatida
familyGoniasteridae
genusOcalaster
speciestimucum

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
D. B. Blake and R. W. Portell 2009Ocalaster with small pedicellariae alveolae on some abactinals, possibly concentrated near ambulacra; abactinal spines occur. Superomarginal profile low, adradial margin rounded; adradial terminus appears to extend beyond that of IM. Shallow peripheral furrow zone probably present between marginal series. One or two transversely aligned circular spine bases on some SM, most bases near transverse ossicular midline and near abradial edge but bases can be more adradial, offset from midline. IM side face outline nearly rectangular. Side face-adradial face edge with distinct facet dorsally.