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The largest pterosaurs – Top 10

Pterosaurs with largest wingspan – Top 10

Pterosaurs were flying reptiles but not flying dinosaurs. They lived 162 mln years from the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous Period – 228 to 66 million years ago. Pterosaurs were the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered flight. Their wings were formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissues stretching from the ankles to a incredible lengthened fourth finger.


Pterosaurs spanned a wide range of adult sizes, from the very small Nemicolopterus (with a wingspan of about 250 mm (10 in)) to the largest known flying creatures of all time, including Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx.

Pterosaurs with largest wingspan – Top 10

  1. Arambourgiania philadelphiae 7–13 m (23–43 ft)
  2. Hatzegopteryx thambema 10–11 m (33–36 ft)
  3. Quetzalcoatlus northropi 10–11 m (33–36 ft)
  4. Undescribed specimen from Mongolia 10 m (33 ft)
  5. Undescribed specimen UNCUYO-LD 350 9.1 m (30 ft)
  6. Tropeognathus mesembrinus 8.2 m (27 ft)
  7. Geosternbergia maysei 7.25 m (24 ft)
  8. Arambourgiania philadelphiae 7 m (23 ft) or 10-13 m (33–42.7 ft)
  9. Coloborhynchus capito 7 m (23 ft)
  10. Moganopterus zhuiana 7 m (23 ft)
  11. Pteranodon longiceps 6.25 m (20.5 ft)
  12. Tupuxuara longicristatus 6 m (20 ft)
  13. Santanadactylus araripensis 5.7 m (19 ft)
  14. Cearadactylus atrox 5.5 m (18 ft)
  15. Caulkicephalus trimicrodon 5 m (16 ft)
  16. Istiodactylus latidens 5 m (16 ft)
  17. Lacusovagus magnificens 5 m (16 ft)
  18. Liaoningopterus gui 5 m (16 ft)
  19. Phosphatodraco mauritanicus 5 m (16 ft)

The largest pterosaurs – update year 2018

NoPterosaurWingspan [m]
61Piksi barbarulna                     1.0
60“Ornithocheirus” bunzeli                     1.5
59Hell Creek pteranodontian                     1.5
58Nyctosauridae KJ1                     1.7
57Alcione sp.                     1.8
56Nyctosauridae KJ2                     2.0
55Alcione (small morph)                     2.1
54DPP small azhdarchid (TMP 1982.16.303, humerus)                     2.4
53Pui Beds Azhdarchid                     2.4
52Alcione elainus                     2.4
51Montanazhdarcho minor                     2.5
50Lance Formation azhdarchid                     2.5
49Kaiparowits Azhdarchid                     2.8
48Nyctosaurus bonneri (FHSM 2148)                     2.9
47Eurazhdarcho langendorfensis                     3.0
46Fox-Amphoux azhdarchid                     3.0
45Iharkut azhdarchid                     3.3
44Lano azhdarchid                     3.3
43Zhejiangopterus linhaiensis                     3.5
42Navajodactylus boeri                     3.5
41Bogolubovia orientalis                     3.5
40Bakonydraco galaczi                     3.8
39DPP medium azhdarchid (TMP 87.36.16, metacarpal IV)                     3.8
38Miria formation azhdarchid                     3.8
37Nyctosaurus gracilis (YPM 2395)                     3.9
36Barbaridactylus grandis                     4.0
35Nyctosaurus lamegoi                     4.0
34Hell Creek azhdarchid MPM 8075                     4.2
33Saratov Azhdarchid                     4.3
32DPP medium azdarchid (TMP 1992.83.4;                     4.5
31aff. Quetzalcoatlus                     4.6
30Pteranodon longiceps                     4.9
29Tethydraco                     5.0
28Dawndraco kanzai                     5.0
27Phosphatodraco mauritanicus                     5.0
26Quetzalcoatlus sp                     5.0
25Jordanian azhdarchid                     5.0
24Unnamed Transylvanian Taxon                     5.0
23Simurghia robustus                     5.0
22Geosternbergia sternbergi                     5.3
21La Solana azhdarchid                     5.5
20YPM-PU 16619                     5.7
19Volgadraco bogolubovi                     5.7
18Javelina azhdarchid TMM 42489                     5.8
17Merchantville pteranodontid                     5.9
16Two Medicine azhdarchid (YPM-PU 22446)                     5.9
15Aralazhdarcho bostobensis                     6.3
14DPP  large azhdarchid (1992.83.01, wing metacarpal)                     6.6
13Hokkaido pteranodontid                     6.8
12Pteranodon longiceps                     6.9
11DPP large azhdarchid (TMP 1989.36.254, cervical)                     7.4
10Merignon azhdarchid                     8.5
9Sidi Chennane Giant                     9.0
8Hell Creek Azhdarchid                     9.8
7Transylvania giant azhdarchid                   10.0
6Quetzalcoatlus northropi                   10.1
5Hatzegopteryx thambema                   10.5
4Top Bozes Formation/ Petresti Giant Azhdarchid                   10.5
3Sebes Formation / Rapa Rosie azhdarchid                   10.5
2Nemegt Azhdarchid                   11.0
1Arambourgiania philadelphiae                   12.5

 

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