RARE Selenopeltis Gallica Trilobite

Selenopeltis gallica

Trilobites Order Lichida, Family Odontopleuridae

Geological Time: Lower Ordovician

Size: Trilobite is 45 mm long

Fossil Site: Upper Fezouata Formation, Zagora, Morocco

Rare Selenopeltis gallica Moroccan TrilobiteDescription: This is a most dramatic example of the odontopleurid trilobite Selenopletis gallica. This one is different from most others found in Morocco. It is most Selenopeltis macrophthalmaclosely allied with Selenopeltis macrophthalma, but differs in the fact that it possesses the small occipital spines It is better known from Europe, particularly Spain, but specimens from there typically have little relief and are often distorted by geological forces. I have included a life restoration of the related taxon for clarification. This is only the second example I have been able to secure in 15 years, and is far larger than the previous specimen.

Also see: Moroccan Trilobites

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