Museum Lichid Trilobites Pair
From Jorf with
apparent Acathopyge affinity
Lichida, Family Lichidae, Subfamily Trochurinae
Time: Lower Devonian, Pragian Stage (~ 395 million years old)
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
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.
few examples have come to light since then, and few are of the
quality of this fine example. This specimen displays the stunning
pleural, and pygidial spines nicely arrayed. While
some have indicated it might be a relative of Belenopyge,
to my eyes it seems to have its closest affinities with the larger,
more robust genus Acanthopyge.
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
second somewhat smaller example. As is sometimes the case,
the edge of the entombing matrix was lost in collection in the
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
Fossils for Sale
||Trilobite while in preparation below: