(Altmühl River wing).
Named By: S. U. Vidovic & D. M. Martill - 2017.
Synonyms: Germanodactylus rhamphastinus.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauira, Pterodactyloidea, Eupterodactyloidea.
Species: A. rhamphastinus (type).
Size: Wingspan about 1.1 meters.
Known locations: Germany.
Time period: Late Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial skeleton.
with a lot of European pterosaurs
the genus Altmuehlopterus
has a long
and convoluted history. The fossil specimen was originally named
under Ornithocephalus, but this would later be
regarded as an
obsolete name for Pterodactylus.
It was also named as belonging to
Diopecephalus, and finally ending up as a second
In the early twenty-first century the fossil was
thought to represent a distinct genus and bore the unofficial name
Daitingopterus. Germanodactylus rhamphastinus was
finally given its
own genus in 2017 and given the name Altmuehlopterus.
Altmuehlopterus was a small pterosaur that lived in Europe during the late Jurassic, possibly living around coastline areas.
- The taxonomy and phylogeny of Diopecephalus kochi (Wagner, 1837) and "Germanodactylus rhamphastinus" (Wagner, 1851). - Geological Society, London, Special Publications. 455. - S. U. Vidovic & D. M. Martill - 2017.