2.5" Spiny Ceratarges Trilobite - Very Large Specimen

Now this is one alien looking trilobite, it's almost hard to imagine that it was once alive inhabiting our oceans. It's a Ceratarges ziregensis from the Middle Devonian limestone of Morocco. One can imagine that the large spines may have served as defensive protection against fish that had just begun to develop hardened jaws and likely had trilobites on the dinner menu.

At 2.5" long (including spines) this specimen is very large for the species with quality and preparation to match. It has a beautiful, naturally multi-toned shell coloration and free-standing spines. There is about 3% shell restoration in total along cracks through the left side of it's head.

There are currently about 5 different species of Certarges described from Morocco each a slight variation on the others. A paper describing some of these species can be found at:

NEW SPECIES OF THE LICHID TRILOBITE CERATARGES FROM THE MIDDLE DEVONIAN IN MOROCCO
FOR SALE
$895
DETAILS
SPECIES
Ceratarges ziregensis
LOCATION
Zireg, Morocco
FORMATION
El Otfal Formation
SIZE
2.5" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#222348
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