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Subclass Ophiuridea Gray 1840 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea

PaleoDB taxon number: 80877

Full reference: J. E. Gray. 1840. A synopsis of the genera and species of the class Hypostoma Asterias (Linn.). Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6:275-290

Parent taxon: Ophiuroidea according to J. W. M. Jagt 2000

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

Subtaxa: Ophiaxina, Schizospondylus, Transspondylus

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