Pterosaurs of the Isle of Wight - Vectidraco, a small Azhdarchic pterosaur from the Isle of Wight


a small Azhdarchic pterosaur from the Isle of Wight



Vectis dragon


approx 75 cm (2.4 feet)


Pterosauria Kaup, 1834.
Pterodactyloidea Plieninger, 1901.
Lophocratia Unwin, 2003.
Azhdarchoidea Nessov, 1984 (sensu Unwin, 1992 [14]).

Vectidraco daisymorrisae, Naish, Simpson, & Dyke 2013


Atherfield point

A small azhdarchid pterosaur, Vectidraco has no tail or teeth, but is believed to have eaten fish, due to being found in a marine environment. Like its much larger brethren, Vectidraco may have been semi-terrestrial, as comfortable walking on land as flying.

Vectidraco existed later than most of the dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight, dating from the Aptian, 125-113 million years ago, rather than the Barremian, 125-129 million years ago.

Pterodactyloid with subtriangular concavity posterodorsal to the acetabulum, overhung dorsally by a posteroventrally oriented ridge, and undivided, suboval fossa present on anteromedial surface of postacetabular process, adjacent to convex dorsal surface. All three features represent autapomorphies of this taxon. The combined presence of a postacetabular process on the ilium where the shaft is elongate and where the entire length of the postacetabular process is similar in length to the convex terminus of the postacetabular process is also regarded as autapomorphic