Harpetida Trilobites


Harpetida Trilobites Range Over Geological TimeTrilobites of Order Harpetida are mainly differentiated from others by a semicircular brim around the front of the cephalon (head). The brim is often contains small holes that are believed to have served as a system for filtering food. This brim surrounds the cephalon extending backward from the front on both sides, and normally has a prominent suture along the outer edge. Harpetids typically have small eyes on prominent ridges, twelve or more thoracic segments, and a small pygidium.

Order Harpetida was formerly allied with Ptychopariida, until Order Harpitida was erected by Ebach and McNamara in 2002. The subclass Librostoma was created in 1990 by Richard Fortey to cover the orders formally included with the Ptychopariida (i.e., Ptychopariida, Harpetida, Asaphida, and Proetida). The Harpetids are now most often considered to be descendents of Order Ptychopariida, appearing in the upper Cambrian period and going extinct along with many other trilobite orders in the late Devonian period.

Subclass Librostoma*
Trilobite Order Harpetida

  • Suborder Harpetina
    • Superfamily Harpetioidea

* Subclass Librostoma contains Proetida, Harpetida, Ptychopariida, Asaphida

Also see: Harpetida Trilobites Classification


Harpetida Trilobite Fossils
Aristoharpes Harpetid Trilobite
Suborder Harpetina
Family Harpetidae
Fezouata Formation, Morocco
Suborder Harpetina
Family Harpetidae
Boudib, Morocco