Dramatic Phaetonellus Moroccan Trilobite

Phaetonellus planicauda

Trilobites Order Proetida, Family Tropidocoryhpidae

Geologic Time: Middle Devonian

Size: Trilobite is 28 mm long (curve measure) by 25 mm wide on a 70 by 60 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Bou Dib, Morocco

Fossil Code: 17167

Price: $195.00

Phaetonellus Moroccan TrilobiteDescription: Superb example of a member of the Order Proetida with many fine details present. At first glance, it looks much like Cornuproetus, a relatively common trilobite. The most diagnostic features of that taxon are a granulose cephalon and thorax and the swept-back genal spines. Look more closely, however, and you will notice the spines emanating from the pygidium as well as the axial spines. Once termed Decoroproetus in the trade, it is actually Phaetonellus, and is rarely offered for sale. The Proetidae were among the last of the trilobites to go extinct in the Permian over 100 million years later. Note the axial spines, a feature that sometimes is not preserved, albeit in this case they are not as pronounced as in some examples I have seen before. See my other offerings for another Phaetonellus specimen, as well as one with the genals prepared free of matrix.

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