Global Diversity and Phylogeny of the Asteroidea (Echinodermata)

  title={Global Diversity and Phylogeny of the Asteroidea (Echinodermata)},
  author={Christopher L. Mah and Daniel B. Blake},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  • C. Mah, D. Blake
  • Published 27 April 2012
  • Biology, Environmental Science, Geology
  • PLoS ONE
Members of the Asteroidea (phylum Echinodermata), popularly known as starfish or sea stars, are ecologically important and diverse members of marine ecosystems in all of the world's oceans. We present a comprehensive overview of diversity and phylogeny as they have figured into the evolution of the Asteroidea from Paleozoic to the living fauna. Living post-Paleozoic asteroids, the Neoasteroidea, are morphologically separate from those in the Paleozoic. Early Paleozoic asteroid faunas were… 

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