Valvatida

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Taxonavigation

Kingdom: Animalia
Sub Kingdom: Eumetazoa
Super Phylum: Bilateria:Deuterostomia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Sub Phylum: Asterozoa
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Valvatida
Family: Archasteridae - Chaetasteridae - Goniasteridae - Odontasteridae - Ophidiasteridae - Oreasteridae - Sphaerasteridae


Introduction

This order of sea stars range in size from only a few millimetres to 75 centimetres in diameter. The primary characteristics is conspicuous marginal ossicles.

Classification

The order Valvatida is divided into seven families as follows[1];

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References

  1. (Mather Bennett 1994): Mather, P., Bennett, I., A coral reef handbook, Surrey Beatty and Sons: Chipping Norton, 1994.
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