Rare Selenopeltis gallica Odontopleurid Trilobite

Selenopeltis gallica

Trilobites Order Lichida, Family Odontopleuridae

Geological Time: Lower Ordovician

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Trilobite is 35 mm long by 37 mm wide (with spines) on a 105 mm by 70 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Upper Fezouata Formation, Zagora, Morocco

Fossil Code: 19162

Price: $895.00

Rare Selenopeltis gallica Odontopleurid TrilobiteDescription: This is a most dramatic example of the odontopleurid trilobite Selenopeltis gallica. This one is different from most others found in Morocco. It is most closely allied with Selenopeltis macrophthalma, but differs in the fact that it possesses the small occipital spines It is better known from Europe, particularly Spain, but specimens from there typically have little relief and are often distorted by geological forces. I have included a life restoration of the related taxon for clarification. This is only the third example I have been able to secure in 20 years, and is far larger than the previous specimen.

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