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Family Astropectinidae Gray 1840 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Paxillosida

PaleoDB taxon number: 53788

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: Paxillosida according to L. Villier et al. 2007

Sister taxa: Cribellina, Ctenodiscidae, Diplozonina, Goniopectinidae, Luidiidae, Notomyotina, Porcellanasteridae

Subtaxa: Advenaster, Aldebarania, Astrocratis, Astropecten, Astropectininae, Ctenophoraster, Dipsacaster, Eokainaster, Pentasteria, Persephonaster, Plutonaster, Prothrissacanthias, Riedaster, Tethyaster

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Type: Astropecten

Ecology: slow-moving semi-infaunal carnivore