1.7" Scotoharpes Trilobite - Boudib, Morocco

Here is a fine example of the Harpetida trilobite Scotoharpes sp. from Morocco. It has a very dramatic "head shield" which is often interpreted as a mechanism to help it stay on top of a soft ocean floor. This preglabellar ring (head shield) is covered in many sensory pits which may have held hairlike features when the trilobite was alive.

This example has been prepared so that it's swept back genal spines are flying above the matrix. The tail is tucked under in this specimen, though partially exposed. There is some shell restoration on the right side of the head shield.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Scotoharpes sp
LOCATION
Boudib, Morocco
FORMATION
El Otfal Formation
SIZE
1.7" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#56545
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