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Zhejiangopterus is a genus of azhdarchid pterosaur known from one species, which lived in China during the late Cretaceous Period. The type species is Zhejiangopterus linhaiensis. The genus name refers to Zhejiang Province and a Latinised Greek pteron, "wing". The specific name refers to the city of Linhai.

Zhejiangopterus was a moderately large pterosaur. Its wingspan was first estimated at 5 metres (16.4 feet). Later estimates reduced this to about 3.5 metres (11.5 ft). while its body mass is estimated by pterosaur expert Mark Witton to be 7.9 kilograms (roughly 17 pounds) based on a volumetric method Its skull was long, low, perfectly arched, and lacked a "keel" or any other crest sometimes seen in related species. The nasal opening and the large opening typically present between the nose and eye openings of archosaurs (the "antorbital fenestra") had joined together in species such as this to create a single oval opening that occupied nearly one half the length of the skull. The beak was long, thin, sharply pointed, and lacked teeth. The cervical vertebrae were elongated. The first six dorsal vertebrae had fused into a notarium. Several pairs of belly ribs were preserved. Its upper leg bone was half the size of its upper arm bone, and strong and thin. The wings were short but robust.

The Land Before Time

In the opening of The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island, a Zhejiangopterus is seen flying over the Great Valley in a shot showing some of its residents.
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