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Afraster

Asteroidea - Pedicellasteridae

Taxonomy
Afraster was named by Blake et al. (1996) [Sepkoski's age data: K Coni-u]. It is not extant. Its type is Afraster scalariformis.

It was assigned to Pedicellasteridae by Blake et al. (1996); and to Forcipulatida by Sepkoski (2002).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1996Afraster Blake et al. p. 184
2002Afraster Sepkoski, Jr.

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
Ambulacraria
phylumEchinodermata
subphylumAsterozoa
classAsteroidea
RankNameAuthor
subclassAmbuloasteroidea
infraclassNeoasteroidea()
superorderSurculifera
Tripedicellaria
Forcipulatida()
familyPedicellasteridae
genusAfraster

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 et al. 1996Pedecellasterid with reticulate dorsal skeleton of few, well-defined rows of robust cruciform ossicles; arms long, slender; disk small, strongly braced by double row of interbrachial superomarginals extending to central ring.