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Pteraster capensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Subphylum: Eleutherozoa
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Velatida
Perrier, 1884
5, see text.

The Velatida are an order of sea stars containing about 200 species in five families. These asteroids normally have thick bodies with large discs.[1]


New molecular evidence now suggests a relationship between some velatid and valvatid families.

List of families according to World Register of Marine Species:[2]


  1. ^ "Asterozoa: Fossil groups: SciComms 05-06: Earth Sciences". 2005-11-22. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  2. ^ "The World Asteroidea Database - Velatida". Retrieved 2010-07-30.