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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 66 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Pterosauria
Suborder: Pterodactyloidea
Clade: Pteranodontia
Family: Nyctosauridae
Genus: Barbaridactylus
Longrich, Martill, & Andres, 2018
Type species
Barbaridactylus grandis
Longrich, Martill, & Andres, 2018

Barbaridactylus is an extinct genus of nyctosaurid pterosaur from Maastrichtian/Danian-aged rocks from the Ouled Abdoun Basin in Morocco. It was one of six new Maastriichtian/Danian-aged pterosaurs described in 2018[1]. Two of these pterosaurs are yet to be named.

Description[change | change source]

Barbaridactylus was probably a slender pterosaur. Its arm and wing bones were averagely sized for a pterosaur of its time.

Discovery and naming[change | change source]

Barbaridactylus was described based from two specimens.

The first specimen consisted of a partial jaw, a single neck vertebra, part of the arm and wing bones and the left thigh bone.

The second specimen (catalogued as USM93000) consists of a well preserved skeleton.

Paleoecology[change | change source]

Barbaridactylus was discovered in the Ouled Abdoun Basin in Morocco. It coexisted with the pterosaurs Alcione, Simurghia, Tethydraco and Phospatodraco and the dinosaur Chenanisaurus.

References[change | change source]

  1. Nicholas R. Longrich; David M. Martill; Brian Andres (2018). "Late Maastrichtian pterosaurs from North Africa and mass extinction of Pterosauria at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary". PLOS Biology. 16 (3): e2001663. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2001663.