Chotecops is a genus of trilobites from the order Phacopida, suborder Phacopina, family Phacopidae. It was initially erected as a subgenus of Phacops but some later authors thought it distinctive enough to raise its status. Species assigned to this genus occur between the Emsian and the Famennian. Chotecops is the most abundant trilobite in the Hunsrück Slate and due to the excellent preservation where this specimen was collected.
Trilobites from Germany are comparatively rare. Trilobites from the German Devonian originate often from the classical sites of Bundenbach or the Eifel Mountains. The famous trilobite fields of Gees in the Eifel delivered some particularly well preserved Trilobite specimens. In limited amount are also Trilobites from the Hercynian Mountains and the Rhenish Massif known. Older Trilobite finds from the German Cambrian, Ordovician or Silurian are generally sparse.
There are Trilobite sites in the Thuringian and Franconian forest at a Cambrian age but exposures are small and remote.
Many German trilobite localities are today inaccessible.