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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Pterosauria
SubOrder: Pterodactyloidea
Family: Azhdarchidae
Genus: Zhejiangopterus
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The term Zhejiangopterus was derived from a Greek word and the meaning of the term is Zhejiang wing and the term is pronounced as zhe-zhang-op-ter-us. This creature was known to have lived in the coastal area of Asia, particularly in China, during the cretaceous period about 85 million years ago. Zhejiangopterus was known to be a moderately large pterosaur.

According to researchers Zhejiangopterus would have fed on fish and it would have had a wingspan of about 16 feet. But, the researchers who came in the later years say that it would have got a wingspan of about 3.5m. They also say that it would have got a long head and neck with lack of crest. It belongs to the group of pterosaurs. According to researchers Zhejiangopterus would have got a body that differs from other pterosaurs in such a way that it would not have got any ornamentation on its head like other pterosaurs such as Tupuxuara and Tapejara. It would also have differed from other pterosaurs by its unusually long pointy head, long neck and extra-long legs.

Generally, the fossils of some pterosaurs are rare to find, but researchers have found compound, relatively whole fossils of Zhejiangopterus. The genus got its name from Chinese paleontologists Wei Feng and Cai Zhengguan in the year 1994.

The biological name of this species is Zhejiangopterus Linhaiensis. The term Zhejiang was derived from the place where it is known to have lived, Zhejiang province of China and the term opterus was derived from the Greek term ‘pteron', the meaning of, which is wing. The second term Linhai refers to the city of Linhai of China.

The skull of Zhejiangopterus was initially found in the year 1986 and it was researched by a team of researchers from the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History. Later in the year 1988, a complete skull of Zhejiangopterus was found in the same area.

Later in the early nineties, six more fossils were found from the Tangshang formation. According to researchers, the skull was perfectly arched, it was long, and it also lacked keel or other crest normally found in other related species. The beak was thin, it lacked teeth and it was sharply pointed and thin as well. It would have got elongated cervical vertebrae. Its upper arm bone was double the size of its upper leg bone and it was thin and strong as well. Even though, the wings of Zhejiangopterus were short, they were strong.

Zhejiangopterus was originally classified under the Nyctosauridae family since it possessed edentulous jaws and notarium and it lacked a cranial crest like Nyctosaurus. But, later in the year 1997 a paleontologist named David Unwin, determined that they were closely related to Azhdarchidae.

Zhejiangopterus are scientifically classified under the kingdom of Animalia , under Chordata phylum. They are classified under the class sauropsida and under the order of pterosauria. They are further classified under the suborder pterodactyloidea.

Hope, you might have got the required information about the wonderful species that existed several million years ago called Zhejiangopterus.