Serendipitous Museum Lichid Trilobites Pair

From Jorf with apparent Acathopyge affinity

Aff Acanthopyge sp

Trilobites Order Lichida, Family Lichidae, Subfamily Trochurinae

Geological Time: Lower Devonian, Pragian Stage (~ 395 million years old)

Size: Trilobite are 30 mm long by 35 mm wide and 20 mm long by 25 mm wide (counting spines) on a 95 mm by 65 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Jorf, Morocco

Code: 17063

Price: Sold

Description: The location known as Jorf in Morocco has been a hotbed of new trilobite species for the past few years. Two years ago the first example of this unusual Lichid was shown to the collecting community. Very few examples have come to light since then, and few are of the quality of this fine example. This specimen displays the stunning genal, pleural, and pygidial spines nicely arrayed. While some have indicated it might be a relative of Jorf Trilobite SiteBelenopyge, to my eyes it seems to have its closest affinities with the larger, more robust genus Acanthopyge.

For the sake of expediency I will refer to it as Aff Acanthopyge. What is unusual here is that not one but TWO examples were found together. In the course of preparing the larger specimen it was found that to overlie a second somewhat smaller example. As is sometimes the case, the edge of the entombing matrix was lost in collection in the field, leaving the tips of some spines missing. Rather than restoring those spines it was kept entirely natural. I have included two in-preparation photos of the trilobites prior to final finishing as well as a photo of the Jorf site from which many new types of trilobites are being found.

Also see: Specimen with single trilobite.

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