|Basic info||Taxonomic history||Classification||Relationships|
|Morphology||Ecology and taphonomy||Age range and collections|
Ophiuroidea - Oegophiurida - Lapworthuridae
It was assigned to Hallasteridae by Spencer (1925); to Oegophiurida by Sepkoski (2002); to Protasteridae by Dean Shackleton (2005); and to Lapworthuridae by Schuchert (1915), Owen (1965), Spencer and Wright (1966) and Glass and Poschmann (2006).
|Year||Name and author|
|1897||Lapworthura Gregory p. 1037|
|1915||Lapworthura Schuchert pp. 250-251|
|1925||Lapworthura Spencer pp. 301-302|
|1965||Lapworthura Owen p. 555|
|1966||Lapworthura Spencer and Wright p. U88|
|2002||Lapworthura Sepkoski, Jr.|
|2005||Lapworthura Dean Shackleton p. 87|
|2006||Lapworthura Glass and Poschmann p. 971|
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|J. Dean Shackleton 2005||Distal margin of ambulacrals in oral view strongly inclined; oral inclined groove running along distal part of perradial region of ambulacral; madreporite large and highly crenulated; first and second buccal pores closely spaced with proximal pore slightly smaller and raised aborally.|
|A. Glass and M. Poschmann 2006||Disc circular. Arms low, flexible, broad, and uniform in width inside and just distal to the disc but tapering evenly toward the tips. Dorsal ambulacrals rectangular, paired across the midline of the arm, and probably unfused (see discussion below). Podial basins large.
Laterals curve around the podial basins and attach to the ambulacrals by an elongated process. Vertical spines long and of nearly equal length, some as long as three arm segments. Spines set in rows at wide angles to the arm axis (see ‘Remarks’ below). Madreporite is ventral.