Order Lichida, Family Odontopleuridae
inch): 115-160 mm long by 115-127 mm wide (farthest extent of the spines)
on a 545 mm by 235 mm matrix
Mount Boutschrafin, Erfoud , Morocco
is one of the largest trilobites of the Order
Lichida, Family Odontopleuridae, known as Selenopeltis buchii.
This particular genus derives its name from the dramatic pleural
spines. There are three specimens of this unusual trilobite present.
Such a massive (20 + kilos) specimen is difficult to remove intact.
While there are several repairs to the matrix, this association
is NOT a composite, with most of the original trilobite exoskeletons
intact. A substantial amount of prep time goes into a such a dramatic
see: Moroccan Trilobites
trilobite pictures to enlarge