Cearadactylus atrox (meaning "Ceara's lethal finger") was a large, mid-Cretaceous (Aptian) pterosaur. Its wingspan is estimated to have been around 4 to 5.5 metres (13 to 18 feet), with a weight of perhaps 15 kilograms.Template:Fact Its kinked upper jaw and its interlocking teeth suggest a piscivourous diet, allowing the animal to keep hold of slippery fish.
The type species is Cearadactylus atrox, described and named by Leonardi and Borgomanero in 1985. It was discovered on the Araripe plateau (Santana Formation) in northeastern Brazil and is known from a single skull.
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- ↑ Leonardi, G. & Borgomanero, G. (1985). "Cearadactylus atrox nov. gen., nov. sp.: novo Pterosauria (Pterodactyloidea) da Chapada do Araripe, Ceara, Brasil." Resumos dos communicaçoes VIII Congresso bras. de Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 27: 75–80.
- Unwin, D.M. (2002). "On the systematic relationships of Cearadactylus atrox, an enigmatic Early Cretaceous pterosaur from the Santana Formation of Brazil." Mitteilungen Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Geowissenschaftlichen Reihe, 5: 239-263.