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Estoniaster maennili

Asteroidea - Platyasterida - Palasteriscidae

Taxonomy
Estoniaster maennili was named by Blake and Rozhnov (2007). Its type specimen is Holotype PIN 4125/766; paratypes PIN 4125/767 and PIN 4125/768 and is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Vasalemma, Vasalemma Fm., which is in a Keila reef, buildup or bioherm limestone in the Vasalemma Formation of Estonia. It is the type species of Estoniaster.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2007Estoniaster maennili Blake and Rozhnov pp. 521-523 figs. fig. 2

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
Ambulacraria
phylumEchinodermata
RankNameAuthor
subphylumAsterozoa
classAsteroidea
orderPlatyasterida
familyPalasteriscidae
genusEstoniaster
speciesmaennili

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 S. Rozhnov 2007Estoniaster differs from other representatives of the family in the presence of a large, domed madreporite near the body margin; presence of two well−defined marginal series in which the superomarginals are fusiform and at least some bear a single enlarged accessory; inferomarginals lack enlarged spines.