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Demospongiae - Protomonaxonida - Piraniidae

Piraniidae was named by Laubenfels (1955). It is not extant. Its type is Pirania.

It was assigned to Protomonaxonida by Finks et al. (2004).

Moleculospina, Pirania (type genus)

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1955Piraniidae Laubenfels
2004Piraniidae Finks et al.

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phylumPoriferaGrant 1836
classDemospongiae(Sollas 1875)
subclassClavaxinellidaLevi 1956
familyPiraniidaeLaubenfels 1955
familyPiraniidaeLaubenfels 1955

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.

Fm. †Piraniidae Laubenfels 1955
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G. †Moleculospina Rigby 1986
Moleculospina mammillata Walcott 1920
G. †Pirania Walcott 1920
Pirania auraeum Botting 2007
Pirania llanfawrensis Botting 2004
Pirania muricata Walcott 1920
No diagnoses are available
No measurements are available
Composition: silicac
Locomotion: stationaryc
Attached: yesc
Life habit: intermediate-level epifaunalc
Diet: suspension feederc
Vision: blindc
Created: 2004-02-28 11:36:02
Modified: 2009-10-09 09:25:40
Source: c = class
References: Whittington et al. 1997, Kiessling 2004

Age range: base of the Delamaran to the top of the Sandbian or 513.00000 to 453.00000 Ma

Collections (21 total)

Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Delamaran513.0 - 505.0Canada (British Columbia) Pirania muricata (84424 84425 84426 84427 84428 121956 121957 121958 121959 121960 121961 121965) Pirania muricata, Moleculospina mammillata (121962)
Menevian513.0 - 501.0USA (Utah) Pirania sp. (230681)
Middle Cambrian513.0 - 501.0Canada (Brithish Columbia) Pirania sp. (188664)
St Davids513.0 - 501.0Canada (British Columbia) Pirania muricata (122094) Pirania sp. (122017)
Tremadocian485.4 - 477.7Morocco Pirania auraeum (96112)
Floian - Dapingian477.7 - 467.3Morocco Pirania auraeum (120549)
Llandeilo466.0 - 449.5United Kingdom (Wales) Pirania sp. (216511)
Sandbian458.4 - 453.0United Kingdom (Wales) Pirania llanfawrensis (120626)