Selenopeltis

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Selenopeltis
Temporal range: Ordovician
Trilobites - Solenopeltis buchi buchi.JPG
Solenopeltis buchi buchi from Czech Republic at the National Museum (Prague)
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Selenopeltis

Hawle and Corda 1847

Selenopeltis (/sɛliːnoʊpɛltɪs/) is an extinct genus of odontopleurid trilobites in the family Odontopleuridae.

Species in the genus Selenopeltis can reach a length of 115–160 millimetres (4.5–6.3 in) and a width of 115–130 millimetres (4.5–5.1 in). These trilobites show long pleural spines and were a low-level epifaunal detritivore. They lived in the Ordovician period, from the Lower Arenig stage age until the Ashgillian age (478.6-443.7 million years ago).

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During the Ordovician they inhabited Czech Republic, France, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. During the Arenig they lived in France and the UK.

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