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Temporal range: 485–165Ma
Early Ordovician to Middle Jurassic (Vinn 2010)
Tentaculitids from the Devonian of Maryland.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca (?)
Class: Tentaculita
Boucek 1964

Tentaculita is an extinct class of uncertain placement ranging from the Early Ordovician to the Middle Jurassic. They were suspension feeders with a near worldwide distribution. For a more thorough discussion, see Tentaculites


  • Farsan, N. M. (1994). Tentaculiten: Ontogenese, Systematik, Phylogenese, Biostratonomie und Morphologie. Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft 547: 1-128.
  • Vinn, O. (2010). Adaptive strategies in the evolution of encrusting tentaculitoid tubeworms. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 292: 211–221.

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