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meaning: "Phosphate dragon"
Named By: PeredainSuberbiola et al. in 2003
Time Period: Late Cretaceous, 66 Ma
Location: Morocco, Khouribga, Grand Doui - Oulad Abdoun Phosphatic Basin
Size: Estimated 5 meter wingspan
Diet: unavailable
Fossil(s): 5 cervical (neck) vertebrae, and an unknown bone
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Pterosauria | Pterodactyloidea | Azhdarchidae |

Phosphatodraco (meaning "phosphate dragon", in reference to the phosphates of Morocco, the country where it was found) is a genus of azhdarchid pterodactyloid pterosaur from a late Maastrichtian-age Upper Cretaceous portion of the Oulad (or Qualad) Abdoun Phosphatic Basin, Grand Doui, near Khouribga, central Morocco.

Phosphatodraco is based on holotype OCP DEK/GE 111, found in 2000, which is composed of five associated, though disarticulated and compressed, damaged cervical vertebrae and a bone of unknown origin. The cervical vertebrae are thought to be a series from the fifth (the longest with a length of thirty centimeters) to the ninth. The individual to which the neck belonged would have had a wingspan of about five meters (16.4 feet). It is unusual among azhdarchids for having elongate vertebrae at the base of the neck (also with neural spines), interpreted as modified dorsal vertebrae; the neck is also one of the most complete known for azhdarchids. It was one of the last pterosaurs before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event that finished off the group, and is the first azhdarchid found in northern Africa. P. mauritanicus is the type and only known species. The specific name refers to Mauretania.

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