1.05" Unidentified Lichid Trilobite From Jorf - Belenopyge Like
This is a rare, and as far as I know currently undescribed Lichid trilobite from Jorf, Morocco. This new species appears to have some affinities to either Belenopyge or Acanthopyge . Only a handful of these specimens have come onto the market over the past couple of years, and this is a beauty. It's 1.05" long and the preparation work is fantastic. There maybe a small amount of shell restoration to the very top of four axial rings where the repaired cracks runs through.
I collected this locality when I was in Morocco two years ago. The rock at this site is partially metamorphised, massive and has no discernible layers. It's almost amazing that there are well preserved trilobites in the rock given the geological changes that it has gone through.
Unlike nearly all other trilobite localities in Morocco, there are no layers that can be followed. This means that collecting mostly involves breaking down the boulders on the surface. The rock is pretty limited, so it's not like other localities where diggers can simply follow a layer for miles. The rock also has a glass-like property which makes preparation extremely difficult and time consuming.
The last two photos shows us collecting the locality.