Velatida

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Velatida
Starfish at Tafelberg deep DSC09595.JPG
Pteraster capensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Subphylum: Eleutherozoa
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Velatida
Perrier, 1884
Families
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]

Taxonomy[edit]

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

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asterozoa: Fossil groups: SciComms 05-06: Earth Sciences". Palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk. 2005-11-22. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  2. ^ "The World Asteroidea Database - Velatida". Marinespecies.org. Retrieved 2010-07-30.