Named By: Yang Zhongjian (C.C. Young) - 1973.
Synonyms: Phobetor parvus.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Dsungaripteroidea, Dsungaripteridae.
Species: N. complicidens (type).
Type: Shellfish eater.
Size: 1.5 meter wingspan, 20 centimetre skull. The new attributation of further remains means that the total wingspan may in fact approach 4 meters.
Known locations: China, Xinjiang - Lianmuqin Formation. Mongolia - Tsagaantsav Svita.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Many individual specimens, incluiding an almost complete skeleton. New fossil material now attributed to Noripterus means that the early specimens may in fact represent juveniles.
appears to have been a scaled down version of Dsungaripterus
with a more gracile build. However the discovery of a leg bone that was
attributed to the new genus Phobetor in 1982 now
casts doubts upon
this. When studied again, along with further material attributed to
Phobetor in 2009, the material was found to be
identical to Noripterus,
just larger, leading to Phobetor to be reclassed as
a junior synonym of
Noripterus. The inclusion of the Phobetor
remains has since increased
size estimates of Noripterus to a four meter
Like Dsungaripterus, Noripterus had a specialised set of jaws that allowed it to dig out and eat shellfish. A crest was also present on top of the snout.