BIZARRE Walliserops Short-Forked Trident Trilobites


Walliserops n. sp aff. tridens

Trilobites Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae

Geological Time: Middle Devonian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Trilobites are 55 mm long by 28 mm wide and 60 mm long by 27 mm wide (if straight) on a 100 by 65 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Timarzit, Region Ma’der, Alnif , Morocco

Code: MT380

Price: $1495.00

Walliserops tridens TrilobitesDescription: These trilobites are a member of the Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae from the Devonian deposits of Timarzit, Morocco known commercially as the Short-Forked Trident. There are now three named triklobites possessing a trident. The first was named Walliserops trifurcatus by Pierre Morzadec. Chatterton and Brett had erected the genus Parabolops, with the long-forked trident being Parabolops neptunis and the short-forked Parabolops hammii. The genus name has been invalidated, and Walliserops has been retained. The third named trident trilobite, Walliserops tridens. One of the primary differences between this and the other short-forked variety is that the “tines” of the trident are more or less parallel in the newest species, while the outside ones are curved inward in T. hammii. There are currently no less than THREE unnamed trident trilobites, with this one most similar to T. tridens but with a more robust trident much like the original Walliserops trifurcatus species. As a result, I will just term it Walliserops new species affinis tridens. This is a NATURAL DOUBLE; the source of this specimen is known personally to me, and vouches for the fact that it is not a composite. The Cephalic and occipital spines on each example have been prepared freestanding, making for a most esthetic display. Unlike many trilobites prepared in Morocco, this one was done using the same painstaking microabrasive techniques as here in the US, affording a wonderful piece at a fraction of what a US-prepped example would cost of comparable quality. (I apologize for the less-than-esthetic photography while still in the shipping container, but discretion was the better part of valor with all the spines)..

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