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†family Encrinasteridae Schuchert 1914 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea

PaleoDB taxon number: 102898

Synonym: Aspidosomatidae Gregory 1899 [objective synonym] (taxon 129042)

Full reference: C. Schuchert. 1914. Fossilium Catalogus. 1: Animalia, pars 3, Stelleroidea palaeozoica. W. Junk, Berlin 1-53

Parent taxon: Ophiuroidea according to J. Dean Shackleton 2005

Sister taxa: Ataxaster, Calclyra, Calclyridae, Calyptactis, Cheiropterasteridae, Euryalida, Euzonosomatidae, Hallasteridae, Lumectaster, Maydena, Myophiuroida, Oegophiurida, Oegophiuridea, Oegophiuroida, Ophiaulaxoides, Ophioflabellum, Ophioma, Ophiotrigonum, Ophiurella, Ophiurida, Ophiuridea, Phrynophiurida, Stenaster, Stenasteridae

Subtaxa: Armathyrasterinae, Cheiropteraster, Encrinaster, Encrinasterinae, Euzonosoma, Loriolaster, Mastigactis, Urozoma

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Type: Encrinaster

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal detritivore-suspension feeder