Rare and Colorful Treveropyge maura Trilobite

Treveropyge maura

Trilobites Order Phacopida, Suborder Phacopina, Superfamily Acastoidea, Family Acastidae, Subfamily Asteropyginae

Geological Time: Lower Devonian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Trilobite is 90 mm long (curve measure) by 58 mm wide on an 80 by 55 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Jebel Issoumour, Morocco

Code: 14047

Price: Sold

Treveropyge maura TrilobiteDescription: Elegant example of a member of the Order Phacopida, Superfamily Acastoidea with many fine details present. While trilobites most frequently known in the trade as “Treveropyge” are actually the common Coltraenia, this one is indeed a member of the genus Treveropyge initially described from a single specimen. The piebald coloration seen here is typical of the preservation at this location. The most diagnostic features of this taxon are the high “eye-towers”. Notice the many exceptional eye facets present on this specimen. The “wrap around” eyes gave a good panoramic view of the trilobite’s environment, allowing it to keep alert for predator and prey alike. Since fish had recently evolved true jaws, any advantage a prey species could derive would place it at an advantage. Compare with Coltraenia and another rare Treveropyge, Treveropyge berbera.

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