Quadrops flexuosa Trilobite
Standing - Potential Trilobite of the Year
Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae
Time : Middle Devonian
mm = 1 inch): Trilobite is 80 mm long by 55 mm wide (with spines) on a
75 mm by 115 mm matrix
El Oftal Formation, Ofaten , Morocco
Elegant example of a bizarrely-spined member of the Acastidae known
as Quadrops flexuosa. Once called Philonyx, the genus derives its
name from the unusual quadripartite rostrum unique to this taxon.
Note the incredible profusion of spines displayed here. These spines
were a good defense against the fish of their
day, affording quite a mouthful for any predator with the temerity
to attack. With the advent of a reliable source of electricity in
Morocco, the quality of preparation has improved dramatically over
the past few years. Several years ago I inquired about the possibility
of preparing this particular type of trilobite with all spines freestanding.
I was told that due to the hard nature of the matrix that such a procedure
would be well-nigh impossible. However, a few years ago I received
an email from my good friend in Morocco with photos enclosed of a
trilobite prepared in freestanding mode he called Saroukh (missile).
That specimen now holds pride of place in my personal collection.
Since that time only a handful other specimens have been prepared,
due in part because the specimens are quite rare and also because
it takes a month or more to free one from the entombing matrix. This
one took over 200 HOURS to complete by one of the foremost preparators
in Morocco.This specimen is truly stunning when viewed from
any aspect, and is destined to become the cornerstone of any collection,
public or private. (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). The supporting matrix has been
reinforced with an internal rod to ensure stability.
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