The Selenopeltis trilobites from the Ordovician deposits of South Morocco are scarce in FINE QUALITY. This remarkable specimen is the exception with 100% complete and natural preservation, natural color and of very large size. All spines are present and intact. The long graceful spines radiate out from the cephalon (head) all the way down the sides of the trilobite to the pygidium (tail). It's broad, fully inflated thorax is full of natural detail and high dimensional relief of each segment.
The Selenopeltis is one of the popular trilobites to fake because the relief of the body is low and the surface is simplistic. Because all forms of this genus are rare, the motivation is there from a financial perspective, for Moroccan craftsman to produce convincing replicas and sell them to unsuspecting brokers and dealers. This specimen has very obvious features that differentiate from a fabricated example. Even the genal spines (which often are restored even on authentic specimens) are 100% natural and original on this superb specimen.