Named By: Rupert Wild - 1978.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Dimorphodontidae.
Species: P. zambelli (type).
Type: Presumed insectivore.
Size: 60 centimetre wingspan.
Known locations: Italy, Cene.
Time period: Norian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: 3 specimens of sub adults. No skulls.
easily one of the oldest known pterosaurs,
well preserved. Still, Peteinosaurus does display
features that are
similar to Preondactylus,
to the extent that the suggestion has been
put forward that the two genera are actually one and the same genus,
just at different life stages. If this is ever confirmed then
Preondactylus will be absorbed into Peteinosaurus
as a junior synonym.
Still, Peteinosaurus has possibly the shortest wings of any pterosaur that appear to be only twice as long as the hind legs. The teeth of Peteinosaurus are small and conical and its presumed that Peteinosaurus would have hunted for insects.
- Die Flugsaurier (Reptilia, Pterosauria) aus der Oberen Trias von Cene bei Bergamo, Italien. - Bolletino della Societa Paleontologia Italiana 17:176-257. - R. Wild - 1978.