BIZARRE Walliserops Short-Forked Trident Trilobite

Walliserops n. sp aff. lindoei

Trilobite Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae

Geological Time: Devonian

Size: Trilobite is 65 mm long by 33 mm wide (if straight) on a 60 by 50 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Timrzit, Region Ma’der, Alnif, Morocco

Code: 18117

Price: $1995.00

This trilobite is a member of the Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae from the Devonian deposits of Timarzit, Morocco known commercially as the Short-Forked Trident. There are now four named trilobites possessing a trident. The first was named Walliserops trifurcatus by Pierre Morzadec. Chatterton and Brett had erected the genus Parabolops, with the long-forked trident being Parabolops neptunis and the short-forked Parabolops hammii. The genus name has been invalidated, and Walliserops has been retained. The third named trident trilobite, is Walliserops tridens, while the fourth is Walliserops lindoei. One of the primary differences between this and the other short-forked varieties is that the “tines” of the trident are more or less parallel in the newest species, while the outside ones are curved inward in T. hammii. There are currently no less than THREE unnamed trident trilobites, with this one most similar to T. lindoei but with a more robust trident much like the original trifurcatus species. As a result, I will just term it Walliserops new species affinis lindoei. The Cephalic, occipital, and pleural spines have all been prepared freestanding as well as the distinctive “fork”, making for a most esthetic display with OVER FIFTY freestanding spines. Unlike many trilobites prepared in Morocco, this one was done using the same painstaking micro abrasive techniques as here in the US, affording a wonderful piece at a fraction of what a US-prepped example would cost of comparable quality. (I apologize for the less-than-esthetic photography while still in the shipping container, but discretion was the better part of valor with all the spines).

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