Detailed Illaenid Moroccan Trilobite

New Aff Octillaenus Undescribed Species

Aff Octillaenus

Trilobites Order Corynexochida, Family Illaenidae

Geological Time: Middle Ordovician

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Trilobite is 24 mm long (curve measure) by 24 mm wide on a 135 mm by 95 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Hmar Lakhdad, Morocco

Octillaenus Moroccan TrilobiteDescription: This unusual trilobite comes from the Ordovician deposits near Hmar Lakhdad, Morocco. It is a member of the Illaenidae, trilobites more frequently seen from Europe (particularly Russia) and less frequently from North America. I sent photos to one of the most well-versed collectors of Moroccan trilobites, and he told me it was similar to Octillaenus from Europe, but that the genus has not been reported in the literature as found in Morocco..

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