3.5" Trident Walliserops Trilobite - Foum Zguid, Morocco

This is a 3.5" long Walliserops trifurcatus trilobite from the Timrhanrhart Formation near Foum Zguid, Morocco. The distinctive forked trident has been prepared free-standing along with nearly 40 spines, a process which takes 30-40 hours of work under microscope. Just check out of the eye facets on this example!

Walliserops is one of the weirdest, and most visually stunning species of trilobite. There is some debate about the purpose of the trident-shaped appendage or rostrum coming off the front of its head but it's likely it could have either had sensory purposes or have been used to stir up the mud while looking for food.

A photo of the quarry at Foum Zguid.  The Walliserops come out of the very bottom layer, which requires 1-2 meters of limestone overburden to be removed.
A photo of the quarry at Foum Zguid. The Walliserops come out of the very bottom layer, which requires 1-2 meters of limestone overburden to be removed.
FOR SALE
$895
DETAILS
SPECIES
Walliserops trifurcatus
LOCATION
Foum Zguid, Morocco
FORMATION
Timrhanrhart Formation
SIZE
3.5" long (if outstretched)
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#179518
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