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Mesotremaster

Asteroidea - Valvatida - Asterinidae

Taxonomy
Mesotremaster was named by Hess (1972) [Sepkoski's age data: J Bajo-u J Oxfo-m]. It is not extant. It was considered monophyletic by Hess (1972).

It was assigned to Tremasterinae by Hess (1972); to Asteroidea by Sepkoski (2002); and to Asterinidae by Gale (2011).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1972Mesotremaster Hess p. 22
2002Mesotremaster Sepkoski, Jr.
2011Mesotremaster Gale p. 62

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
Ambulacraria
phylumEchinodermata
subphylumAsterozoa
classAsteroidea
RankNameAuthor
subclassAmbuloasteroidea
infraclassNeoasteroidea()
superorderValvatacea
orderValvatida
familyAsterinidae
subfamilyTremasterinae
genusMesotremaster

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
H Hess 1972Body pentagonal, without interradial angle. Ambulacral plates compressed. Ambulacral pores organized in four rows. Papular pores reduced to very small openings between the abactinal plates.
Measurements
No measurements are available
Composition: high Mg calcitef
Ontogeny: accretion, addition of partsp
Grouping: solitaryf
Environment: marinef
Locomotion: actively mobilef
Life habit: epifaunalf
Diet: detritivoref
Vision: limitedc
Dispersal: waterf
Dispersal 2: planktonicf
Created: 2007-10-02 04:04:45
Modified: 2009-09-04 14:19:49
Source: f = family, c = class, p = phylum
References: Blake 1990, Aberhan et al. 2004, Aberhan 1992

Age range: base of the Late/Upper Bajocian to the top of the Late/Upper Bathonian or 171.60000 to 164.70000 Ma

Collections (2 total)


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Late/Upper Bajocian171.6 - 167.7Switzerland M. felli (32036)
Late/Upper Bathonian167.7 - 164.7France Stauraster mazetieri (72284)