Cyclaster Cotteau 1856 (heart urchin)

Echinoidea - Spatangoida - Brissidae

Synonym: Palmeraster Sánchez Roig 1949

Parent taxon: Brissidae according to P. M. Kier 1984

See also Cooke 1942, Fischer 1966, Henderson 1975 and Sepkoski 2002

Sister taxa: Arcaechinus, Brissopatagus, Brissopsidae, Brissopsis, Brissus, Cionobrissus, Diplodetus, Eupatagus, Fernandezaster, Fourtaunia, Gillechinus, Gualtieria, Hernandezaster, Herreraster, Hikelaster, Hysteraster, Lajanaster, Macropneustes, Mariania, Mauritanaster, Megapneustes, Meoma, Metalia, Migliorinia, Pharaonaster, Plagiobrissus, Plesiopatagus, Radiobrissus, Rhynobrissus, Rojasia, Stomaporus, Taimanawa, Trachypatagus

Subtaxa: Cyclaster aturicus Cyclaster danicus Cyclaster drewryensis Cyclaster galei Cyclaster jacksoni Cyclaster posita Cyclaster sanchezi

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Ecology: slow-moving shallow infaunal deposit feeder-detritivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of Australia (3 collections), Cuba (1)

• Waitakian of New Zealand (5)

• Oligocene of Australia (2), United States (4: Alabama)

• Paleocene of Austria (1), Denmark (1), Kazakhstan (1), Spain (1)

• Cretaceous of Belgium (2), Cuba (1), France (2), Germany (1), Kazakhstan (2), Spain (4)

Total: 31 collections including 33 occurrences

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