Named By: R. V. Pegas, B. Holgado & M. E. C. Leal - 2019.
Synonyms: Ornithocheirus wiedenrothi.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Lanceodontia, Targaryendraconia.
Species: T. wiedenrothi (type).
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Germany - Stadthagen Formation.
Time period: Hauterivian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.
Targaryendraco sounds like something out of the
Game of Thrones (or the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series),
then you are actually right. The name of this pterosaur
means ‘Targaryen dragon’, a reference to the house of Targaryen
from A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones. Clearly the describers
of this pterosaur are fans of these series, though the specific
reference here is that the holotype fossils Targaryendraco
black, like the dragons members of House Targaryen ride.
Targaryendraco was initially described as a species of Ornithocheirus, O. wiedenrothi. Now as a distinct genus, Targaryendraco is thought to represent a lanceodont pterosaur. The shape of the jaws suggest that Targaryendraco was a probable hunter of fish.
- Pterosaur remains (Reptilia, Pterosauria) from the Lower Cretaceous (Hauterivian) of Hannover (Lower Saxony). - Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen, 181: 241–254. - Rupert Wild - 1990.
- On Targaryendraco wiedenrothi gen. nov. (Pterodactyloidea, Pteranodontoidea, Lanceodontia) and recognition of a new cosmopolitan lineage of Cretaceous toothed pterodactyloids. Historical Biology. - R. V. Pegas, B. Holgado,& M. E. C. Leal - 2019.