Named By: Alexander Kellner - 1984.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea.
Species: B. araripensis (type).
Size: Uncertain due to incomplete fossil material. Skull 42.9 centimetres long.
Known locations: Brazil - Santana Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Several specimens together revealing partial skull and partial post cranial remains.
may have had a crest on the back of its head, and this is why
has been suggested as a synonym of Brasileodactylus.
pterosaurs have very similar skulls, but Ludodactylus
has a crest
similar in appearance to that of Pteranodon.
If Brasileodactylus is
proven to have a crest like Ludodactylus then Ludodactylus
likely become a synonym of Brasileodactylus.
Brasileodactylus was originally assigned to the Ornithocheiridae group of pterosaurs, although many researchers now place Brasileodactylus into the more general Pterodactyloidea which includes all 'advanced' pterosaurs. Still, Brasileodactylus has a similar skull morphology to Ornithocheirid pterosaurs, although it does lack crests on the snout, as can be seen in Ornithocheirus itself.