3" Morocconites Trilobite - Free Standing Rostrum

 
 
Here is one of the more unusual species of trilobites, a Morocconites malladoides from the Devonian of Morocco. It's a member of the Phacopida trilobites and has a very defining feature, a long pointed rostrum (snout) coming off of it's head. It's unclear what purpose this rostrum would have served, but it could have potentially been used to help it dig through the mud.

At 3" long this specimen is quite large for the species and well prepared. The matrix has been sculpted around it so that it stands out in high relief. There is really nice eye facet preservation in the left eye. About 2-3% shell restoration, mainly on the tail.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Morocconites malladoides
LOCATION
Jbel Issoumour, Morocco
FORMATION
Tazoulait Formation
SIZE
3" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#11896
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