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Asterias Linnaeus 1758 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Forcipulatida - Asteriidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 31411

Synonyms: Asteracanthion Müller and Troschel 1840 (no. 81629), Uraster Agassiz 1836 [objective synonym] (no. 81630)

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Parent taxon: Asteriinae according to W. K. Spencer and C.W. Wright 1966

Sister taxa: none

Subtaxa: Asteracanthion oolithicum, Asterias (Archaeasterias), Asterias arenicola, Asterias bituminosa, Asterias deslongchampsi, Asterias gaveyi, Asterias propinqua, Asterias punctulata, Asterias ranvillensis, Uraster rubens

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Type: Asterias rubens

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore