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Family Asteriidae Gray 1840 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Forcipulatida

PaleoDB taxon number: 53911

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: Forcipulatida according to D. B. Blake 1989

Sister taxa: Asteriadina, Brisingida, Heliasteridae, Labidiasteridae, Neomorphasteridae, Pedicellasteridae, Protothyraster, Stichasteridae, Terminasteridae, Zoroasteridae

Subtaxa: Asteriinae, Cretasterias, Dermasterinae, Germanasterias, Hystrixasterias, Pegaster, Savignasterias, Sclerasterias

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Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore