Moroccan Trilobites

Moroccan trilobites have long been a favorite among collectors. Trilobites from Morocco come from Cambrian, Ordovician and Devonian strata, but those from the Devonian represent an especially diverse faunal assembly, enabling the collector to acquire specimens across all nine orders of trilobites, many of which are exotically spinous; a collection truly represents an example of how trilobites radiated into many forms as they specialized into their respective environmental niches throughout the Paleozoic.

Prior to about 1999, fakery was ubiquitous and rampant among the Moroccan trilobites. Some were entirely manufactured from ceramics and polymer resins, and others were real in part, literally chipped out of the very hard limestone with hammer and nail, losing eyes and spines in the process. The missing parts were subsequently carved from the matrix. With the advent of modern preparatory equipment, completely authentic Moroccan trilobites are now available. Fakes still abound, however, so caution is warranted (see this fake trilobites information) -- generally avoid trilobites from Morocco where a liberal coat of paint has been applied, as this is not needed; or, if you like painted trilobites, then paint them yourself. Also see this article on identifying fake trilobites, with many examples from Morocco.

The change occurred when several U.S. importers enabled modern prep equipment to be available in Morocco, and insisted on quality and authenticity. Still the hammer and nail prepped bondo-bugs abound, and get dumped on e-bay and in various shops. Increasingly, the fakes are disappearing, as they become uneconomical. The Moroccan preparators can work for a fraction of minimum wage, live like princes, and crank out low-cost, beautiful trilobites. It is essentially cost-prohibitive to prep Moroccan trilobites in the U.S.


Moroccan Devonian Trilobites:
Crotalocephalina Moroccan Trilobite
     
Order Phacopida
Family Cheiruridae
     
Gerastos
Leonaspis
Paralejurus dormitzeri
Dechenella burmeisteri
Order Proetida
Family Proetidae
Djebel Issoumour, Alnif
Order Lichida
Family Odontopleuridae
Mount Issoumour, Alnif
Order Corynexochida
Family Thysanopeltidae
Mount Boutshafrin, Alnif
Order Proetida
Family Proetidae
Hamar Laghdad, Alnif
Lobopyge
Scotoharpes Moroccan Trilobite
Crotalocephalus gibbus
Dimuproetus Moroccan Trilobite
Order Lichida
Family Lichidae
Laatchana, Alnif
Order Harpetida
Family Harpetidae
Boudib

Order Phacopida
Family Cheiruridae
Lamrakeb Formation, Alnif

Order Proetida
Family Proetidae
Hamar Laghdad, Alnif
 
     
Order Corynexochida
Family Thysanopeltidae
Hamar Laghdad

     
Kaserops morocconensis
Order Proetida, Family Otarionidae
Lamrakeb, Alnif
Order Phacopid
Subfamily Asteropyginae
Oufaten, Alnif
Order Proetida
Family Proetidae

Hamar Laghdad, Alnif
Order Phacopida
Subfamily Asteropyginae
Hamar Laghdad, Alnif
Order Phacopida
Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae
Order Proetida, Family Otarionidae
Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae
Ma'der, Erfoud
Hamar Laghdad, Alnif
Oufaten, Alnif
Foum Ziguid
Order Phacopida, Family Dalmanitidae
Order: Lichida, Family: Odontopleuridae
Order Phacopida, Subfamily Asteropyginae
Order Phacopida, Superfamily Acastoidea
Alnif
Aatchana, Alnif
Alnif
Oufaten, Alnif
Koneprusites
Order Phacopida, Subfamily Asteropyginae
Order Phacopida, Family Phacopidae
Order Proetida, Family Tropidocoryphidae
Order Phacopida, Family Acastidae
Mount Issoumour, Alnif
Alnif
Hamar Laghdad, Alnif
Lghaft
Morroconites malladoides
Trilobites Order Phacopida, Family Phacopidae
Jebel Oufaten, Morocco

Image Credits: Moroccan Trilobites

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