My Trilobite Collection

Trilobites are more than 300 million years old.  They were creatures similar to the horseshoe crabs of today and they once filled our oceans.  They are known to us only as fossils.  Here you will find some of my favorite trilobites in my collection listed in alphabetical order by genus.  I have listed some basic information about each specimen.  The background picture you see here is a trilobite wood-burning I created as part of a design on the door to my den.  Click here to see the whole woodburned door.  Pysanky is the Ukrainian art of dyeing eggs.  Click here to see the ostrich egg pysanka I made with a trilobite design.  To learn more about trilobites in general, click here to visit an informative website.


Trilobite Quick-links:

Agnostus interstrictus

Asaphus delphinus

Asaphus kotlukovi

Asaphus kowalewski

 Asaphus lepidurus


Calyptaulax calicephalus


Cybele panderi






Flexicalymene retorsa

Flexicalymene senaria

Hoplolichas furcifer




Illaenus ladogensis

Illaenus tauricornus

Metacanthina issoumourensis








Click on each thumbnail to see a larger view.

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This photo shows many of my trilobites displayed together.



Individual Specimens:

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Agnostus interstrictus (White), 1/4 inch long
Middle Cambrian
Wheeler Shale, Millard County, Utah


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Asaphus delphinus, 4.2 and 4.3 inches long


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Asaphus kotlukovi with spherical cystoid, 4 inches long
Middle Ordovican
Asery level
Volchow plateau near St. Petersburg, Russia


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Asaphus kowalewski, 3.4 inches long not including eyestalks
Middle Ordovican
Volchow plateau near St. Petersburg, Russia


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Asaphus kowalewski, 2.3 and 1.5 inches long not including eyestalks
Middle Ordovican
Volchow plateau near St. Petersburg, Russia


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Asaphus lepidurus, about 2 inches long, with accompanying brachiopod
Kunda level, Arenigian horizon
Lower Ordovican
Wolchow river


Calyptaulax calicephalus (two heads visible, one on each side of the matrix)
Matrix corner measures 1 3/4" X 1 1/2"
Middle Ordovican of the Lake Simcoe Area
Middle level of the Verulam Layer of the James Dick Quarry
Gamebridge, Ontario, Canada, 2008
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Cybele panderi, 2.9 inches not including eyestalks
Middle Ordovican
Volchow river region near St. Petersburg, Russia


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Devonian (350-395 million years ago)
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Flexicalymene retorsa terminal-molt trilobite with trepostome bryozoan
Upper Ordovican Cincinnatian series
Dillsboro Formation in Franklin Co., Indiana
Photography and information below courtesy of Jerry Rush
Click to read more about this amazing specimen.


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Flexicalymene retorsa, prone one is 1 1/8 inches long
Mt. Orab, Ohio


Flexicalymene senaria (two specimens, top is 5/8" wide and bottom is 3/4" wide)
Middle Ordovican of the Lake Simcoe Area
Upper level of the Verulam Layer of the James Dick Quarry
Gamebridge, Ontario, Canada, 2008


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Hoplolichas furcifer, 2.2 inches long
St. Petersburg, Russia


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Illaenus ladogensis with cystoid


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Illaenus tauricornus, 2.5 inches long
Middle Ordovican
Asery Level
Wolhow River near St. Petersburg, Russia


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Metacanthina issoumourensis, outstretched example is 1.4 inches long
Devonian (350-395 million years ago)
AM Limestone in Morocco


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Paradoxides, 3 specimens, each about 10 inches long


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Devonian (350-395 million years ago)
Alnif, Southeast of Morocco


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My dad gave this one to me when I was young.  It is the catalyst that inspired the collection.


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Middle Ordovican
Asery level
Wolhow River near St. Petersburg, Russia
photography by J. Kaste, geologist



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