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Furcaster Stürtz 1886 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea - Oegophiurida - Protasteridae

Synonyms: Eoluidia Stürtz 1886, Eophiurites Stürtz 1899, Palaespondylus Stürtz 1899, Palastropecten Stürtz 1886, Rhodostoma Sollas and Sollas 1912, Squamaster Ringueberg 1886, Sympterura Bather 1905

Full reference: B. Stürtz. 1886. Über paläozoische Sesterne. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paläontologie 2:142-154

Parent taxon: Protasteridae according to J. Dean Shackleton 2005

Sister taxa: Astutuaster, Budenbachia, Chattaster, Drepanaster, Eugasterella, Gregoriura, Hypophiura, Mastigophiura, Palaeophiura, Protaster, Strataster, Taeniaster, Weigeltura

Subtaxa: Furcaster aequoreus, Furcaster cataphractus, Furcaster daoulasensis, Furcaster decheni, Furcaster leptosoma, Furcaster palaeozoicus, Furcaster trepidans, Furcaster zitteli

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Type: Furcaster palaeozoicus

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