Scotoharpes Trilobite With Free-Standing Genals

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. There is about 3-4% shell restoration (patch in center of head).
DETAILS
SPECIES
Scotoharpes sp
LOCATION
Boudib, Morocco
FORMATION
El Otfal Formation
SIZE
1.8" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#56541
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