Named By: David Martill, Eberhard Frey, Guillermo Chong Diaz & Charles Michael Bell - 2000.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Dsungaripteridae.
Species: D. ceciliae (type).
Type: Thought to eat shellfish.
Known locations: Chile, Antofagasta.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Single specimen.
discovered, Domeykodactylus was mistaken for the
because the remains of its head crest were
thought to be specialised teeth for straining water. In actuality
Domeykodactylus had teeth in raised sockets, and
preserved, they would probably have been relatively small. This
adaptation has seen Domeykodactylus placed within
the group of
pterosaurs that are noted for potentially having shellfish diets.
The name Domeykodactylus is derived from Cordillera Domeyko, a mountain range of the Andes. 'dactylus' is of course Greek for finger, in reference to the fact that the outer edge of a pterosaur wing is supported by an elongated finger. Another way of translating this is 'finger from Cordillera Domeyko'.