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Guidraco
Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Subclass Diapsida
Order Pterosauria
Suborder Pterodactyloidea
Family Ornithocheiridae
Subfamily Anhanguerinae
Genus Guidraco
1st Species Guidraco venator
Other attributes
Time Range 121-120 mya
Location China
Name Meaning Malicious ghost dragon
Physical Dimensions 5 meter wingspan
Dietary Classification Carnivore

Guidraco is an ornithocheirid pterosaurian reptile from the Early Cretaceous of China. It was named in 2012 by Wang Xiaolin. It is a very enigmatic pterosaur, and despite being like any other Early Cretaceous pterosaur, stands out due to its massive front teeth.

PhysiologyEdit

Guidraco resembled the generic Early Cretaceous pteranodontoid, a large pterosaur with 4 legs (2 of which served as wings), 4 fingers on each hand (one of which was elongated and supported the wing membrane), a small body, a small crest, a short tail, and a long, toothy beak. However, it had one major difference; near the front of its teeth, it had massive teeth which were way bigger than the teeth that protruded from the sides of its beak. Most of its body (excluding its beak, crest, and wings) would have been covered in a fur-like covering called pycnofibers.

DietEdit

Guidraco was a predator, preying on fish. Its front teeth were larger than the rest of its teeth, and were used to grab onto struggling prey (with an even lower chance of its meal escaping).

EcologyEdit

Like that of a few other pterosaurs, Guidraco's feeding strategy was landing on the surface of the water and foraging for fish, similar to a modern day seagull. While it was feeding, its teeth would have functioned similarly to a trawling net, catching any fish swim into its jaws and presenting an extremely low chance of escaping. As well as this, while it lacked the keel-like beak crests present in ornithocheirids such as Tropeognathus, it had a small crest on its head. This head crest was used for display, as well as for recognition by members of its species; the latter function would have been useful, as many pterosaurs were present during the days of the Early Cretaceous.

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