Large, 3.5" Huntonia Lingulifer (Rare Species) - Oklahoma

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is a rare, long-spined Huntonia lingulifer trilobite from the famous Black Cat Mountain in Oklahoma. It was collected and prepared by the master himself Bob Carrolli. It's 3.5" which is huge for the species, the largest one I've seen. Very nicely presented on a large block of marlstone with excellent eye facet detail.

Huntonia lingulifer is MUCH rarer than the other species of Huntonia in the same horizon at Black Cat Mountain. Less than one in ten of the Huntonia's found are lingulifer, so on average there may only be one or two good complete specimen found each year. One of the main characteristics that separate it from the other species of Huntonia at the locality is the much longer pygidial (tail) spine.

Trilobites were a very diverse group of extinct marine arthropods. They first appeared in the fossil record in the Early Cambrian (521 million years ago) and went extinct during the Permian mass extinction (250 million years ago). They were one of the most successful of the early animals on our planet with over 25k described species, filling nearly every evolutionary niche. Due in large part to a hard exoskeleton (shell), they left a excellent fossil record.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Huntonia lingulifer
LOCATION
Black Cat Mountain, Clarita, Oklahoma
FORMATION
Haragan Formation
SIZE
3.5" long (including tailspine)
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#68663
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