Name: Araripesaurus (Araripe lizard).
Phonetic: A-ra-ri-pe-sore-us.
Named By: Llewellyn Ivor Price - 1971.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Ornithocheiridae.
Species: A. castilhoi (type).
Diet: Piscivore.
Size: Estimated 2.2 meter wingspan.
Known locations: Brazil - Santana Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial wing of a subadult specimen.

       Araripesaurus appears to be a dubious entry amongst pterosaurs because of the lack of distinguishing features. Even though it has been considered to be Santanadactylus, the same lack of distinguishing features mean that Araripesaurus cannot be reassigned to a different genus with certainty. Further material that was to be attributed to Araripesaurus has since been classified under Anhanguera, another pterosaur noted as being similar to Araripesaurus.

Further reading
- A presença de Pterosauria no Cretáceo Inferior da Chapada do Araripe, Brasil. - Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências 43:451-461. - L. I. Price - 1971.


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