Huanhepterus

Name: Huanhepterus (Huanh wing).
Phonetic: Huan-hep-teh-rus.
Named By: Dong - 1982.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Ctenochasmatoidea, Ctenochasmatidae, Gnathosaurinae.
Species: H. quingyangensis.
Type: Filter feeder.
Size: Estimated at 2.5 meters long.
Known locations: China, Gansu Province - Huachihuanhe Formation.
Time period: Late Jurassic.
Fossil representation: One articulated skeleton of partial remains.

       The type specimen of Huanhepterus was discovered when it was exposed after a quarry side was blasted by explosives. Unfortunately this blast also destroyed the right hand side of the specimen. Huanhepterus was placed within the Ctenochasmatoidea because of the large number of slender teeth, and for this reason Huanhepterus has been presumed to be a filter feeder.



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