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meaning: "Dragon shield"
Named By: P. M. Galton in 1980
Time Period: Unavailable
Location: Portugal - Farta Pao Formation, Freixial Member
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains, but possibly somewhere around the two meters long mark
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): Ribs, thirteen dorsal (back) vertebraeand five osteoderms (scutes)
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Ornithischia | Thyreophora | Ankylosauria |

Dracopelta (from Latin draco, dragon and Greek pelte, pelte, "small shield") was an ankylosaurian dinosaur from Portugal, described by Peter Galton in 1980. When Galton described the only known specimen, he referred it to the Kimmeridgian age (Late Jurassic) of the locality of Ribamar. However, to complicate matters, there are two localities nearby called Ribamar in the Estremadura region of Portugal. The first, near Mafra, is dated as Early Cretaceous, and the second, near Lourinha, as Late Jurassic. Antunes and Mateus (2003), considered the Late Jurassic age to be more likely.

The type species was designated D. zbyszewskii, in honour of palaeontologist Georges Zbyszewski.

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