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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.

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

Tentaculita also includes Cornulitida and Microconchida.


  • 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. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.03.046. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  • Vinn, O.; Zatoń, M. (2012). "Phenetic phylogenetics of tentaculitoids — extinct problematic calcareous tube-forming organisms". GFF. 134: 145–156. doi:10.1080/11035897.2012.669788. Retrieved 2014-06-11.

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