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Trilobite - Morocco

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Tidgy's Dad

 

I picked this up at a market stall in Fes this week. No information other than it is from South of me in Morocco. 

Because I thought it was sweet and it has a cracking bryozoan around the eyes (which are sadly broken) 

I think it looks like Devonian matrix and is a Phacopid? 

Phacops speculator? 

It is about 6 cm long. (straight line, not including the curve over) 

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@piranha

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And anyone got any ideas re the bryozoa? 

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Raggedy Man
12 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Phacops speculator

I believe I remember @piranha said this wasn't a valid name. I could be wrong, but thats why I tagged him to clear this up. But, it does look phacopid to me. Im sure he can give you better information than I. 

 

Edit: Regarding the bryazoa, I think its just the matrix that formed to the morphology of the trilobite then eroded giving it that texture. 

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Tidgy's Dad
6 minutes ago, Raggedy Man said:

I believe I remember @piranha said this wasn't a valid name. I could be wrong, but thats why I tagged him to clear this up. But, it does look phacopid to me. Im sure he can give you better information than I. 

 

 

He's usually right! 

And I'm years out of date. 

It could now be Austerops speculator, but is this species recognized from Morocco? 

Thanks, mate. 

(PS, Oh, how are you liking Jodie?) 

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Tidgy's Dad

Golly, it could be Austerops kemiti ? 

That would be brilliant! :D

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Raggedy Man
15 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

He's usually right! 

And I'm years out of date. 

It could now be Austerops speculator, but is this species recognized from Morocco? 

Thanks, mate. 

(PS, Oh, how are you liking Jodie?) 

She is doing a fantastic job despite the horrible writing...lol

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piranha
43 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

...It could now be Austerops speculator, but is this species recognized from Morocco?...

 

 

Yes, the type material from Alberti 1970 is from the Middle Devonian near Sidi Abdallah des Rehamna, western Morocco.

Unfortunately without counting the eye lenses, the preservation does not allow for a specific ID beyond Phacopidae indet.

 

Alberti, G.K.B. 1970
Trilobiten des jüngeren Siluriums sowie des Unter- und Mitteldevons. Part II.
Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, 525:1-233

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Tidgy's Dad
21 minutes ago, piranha said:

 

 

Yes, the type material from Alberti 1970 is from the Middle Devonian near Sidi Abdallah des Rehamna, western Morocco.

Unfortunately without counting the eye lenses, the preservation does not allow for a specific ID beyond Phacopidae indet.

 

Alberti, G.K.B. 1970
Trilobiten des jüngeren Siluriums sowie des Unter- und Mitteldevons. Part II.
Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, 525:1-233

Splendid! :)

Thank you, precise and informative as always.

And it's the bryozoan that fascinates me here, though the trilo is nice,( minus the eyes). 

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piranha
19 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

And it's the bryozoan that fascinates me here,...

 

 

Those are patches of eroded integument with tubercles.  The same process is observable to a lesser degree on the right cheek.

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Tidgy's Dad
1 minute ago, piranha said:

 

 

Those are patches of eroded integument with tubercles.  The same process is observable to a lesser degree on the right cheek.

Thank you again! :)

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