Palaeos Palaeos Echinodermata
Echinodermata Blastoidea

Class Blastoidea

(Cambrian - Permian)


The Blastoidea are echinoderms with a long stalk with a head or theca at the top.  The fragile and slender arms or brachioles attach near the mouth of the individual  The grooved ambulacral areas extend away from the mouth along the sides of the theca.  They had a complex internal respiratory system which differentiates the blastozoan classes from other echinoderms.  The morphology of the blastoids and other blastozoans has led some workers to suggest that the blastozoans lacked tube feet, and thus possibly a water vascular system - another feature which would differentiate them from all other echinoderms. However, this theory is still controversial.

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