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  • Aldebarania arenitea


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    • Found 8 Aug 2013. An extremely rare starfisht, it was 1 of less than 10 complete specimens ever found at that time. It was found in the sand layer of the Rocky Point member of the PeeDee. This layer contains abundant Flemingostrea subspatulata among other oysters along with Hardouinia mortonis and kellumi echinoids.

       

      This starfish was invertebrate fossil of the month in 08/2013.

    Taxonomy

    Starfish

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Echinodermata
    Class: Asteroidea
    Order: Paxillosida
    Family: Astropectinidae
    Genus: Aldebarania
    Species: A. arenitea
    Author Citation Blake & Sturgeon, 1995

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Mesozoic
    Period: Cretaceous
    Epoch: Late
    International Age: Maastrichtian

    Stratigraphy

    PeeDee Formation
    Rocky Point Member

    Provenance

    Collector: Don Rideout
    Date Collected: 08/08/2013
    Acquired by: Field Collection

    Dimensions

    Blank: 2 1/8"
    Width: 1 3/4"
    Thickness: 3/16"

    Location

    Big Hole
    Pender County
    North Carolina
    United States

    Comments

    Found 8 Aug 2013. An extremely rare starfisht, it was 1 of less than 10 complete specimens ever found at that time. It was found in the sand layer of the Rocky Point member of the PeeDee. This layer contains abundant Flemingostrea subspatulata among other oysters along with Hardouinia mortonis and kellumi echinoids.

     

    This starfish was invertebrate fossil of the month in 08/2013.



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