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Germanasterias

Asteroidea - Asteriidae

Taxonomy
Germanasterias was named by Blake (1990) [Sepkoski's age data: J Hett-u Sepkoski's reference number: 911]. It is not extant.

It was assigned to Forcipulatida by Sepkoski (2002); and to Asteriidae by Blake (1990) and Gale (2011).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1990Germanasterias Blake p. 118
2002Germanasterias Sepkoski, Jr.
2011Germanasterias Gale p. 60

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

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 1990Asteriid with body wall ossicular rows consisting of well defined carinal series, one row of primary laterals (and associated small ossicles) on each side of carinals, then two marginal and three actinal rows. Abactinals digitate, arranged in regular transverse and longitudinal rows and separate by relatively large papularia. Ambulacra compressed, podial pores quadriserial, strongly offset; first 4 or possible 5 adambulacrals forming adoral carinae; adambulacra with transverse series of 4 spines; large uncrossed clam-shaped pedicellariae present on dorsal surface only; dorsal surface with numerous stout spines, especially on disk and carinal series.