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Taeniaster Billings 1858 (brittle star)

Ophiuroidea - Oegophiurida - Protasteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 31543

Synonyms: Alepidaster Meek 1872 (no. 128714), Palaeophiomyxa Stürtz 1899 (no. 128955), Protasterina Ulrich 1878 (no. 128715)

Full reference: E. Billings. 1858. On the Asteridae of the Lower Silurian rocks of Canada. Figures and descriptions of Canadian organic remains. Geological Survey of Canada 3:75-85

Parent taxon: Protasteridae according to A. W. Hunter et al. 2007

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

Subtaxa: Alepidaster flexuosus, Alepidaster granuliferus, Alepidaster miamiensis, Palaeophiomyxa grandis, Taeniaster armoricanus, Taeniaster elegans, Taeniaster ibericus, Taeniaster spinosus

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Type: Palaeocoma spinosa

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