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Long-tailed Pterosaur
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Alternate names flying dragon, dark god, Camazotz[1]
Species RhamphorhynchusDS:SI
Wingspan 40 feet[2] 50 feet[3]
Enemies Humans, Kong's species
First appearance Kong: King of Skull Island
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Species of Pterosaur with long tails have been a mainstay of DeVito Artworks' take on the King Kong universe. They have never been given an official name, but have been described as "a flying dragon" by Carl Denham, and as Camazotz by a Mayan seaman before it was imagined as a descendant of Rhamphorhynchus by Clark Savage, Jr. While the exact details of their appearance has changed from project to project, likely due to artistic interpretation, it appears each time as a loosely described "pterosaur", sometimes with an emphasized long tail. It debuted in Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland's 2005 novel Kong: King of Skull Island, and its 2007 comic adaptation, and later reappeared in 2013's crossover novel Doc Savage: Skull Island by Will Murray, and again in the 2017 comic special Kong: Gods of Skull Island from BOOM! Studios. While their appearance has varied, each instance sees it as a gigantic pterosaur hunting on Skull Island's coast, and prove a formidable barrier for entry for almost all visitors.


These pterosaurs are originally described by Brad Strickland in Kong: King of Skull Island with leathery orange skin, a crested head and a forty-foot wingspan and a silhouette "like a flying dragon". However, in the comic adaptation, artist Dan O'Connor depicted the pterosaur as a crestless, green-skinned, long-tailed beast with a tuft of feathers on the back of its head. This created the first significant discrepancy in the creature's design, as the visual in the adaptation is nothing at all like that which was described in the source material.

The comic's depiction seems to have carried over into the 2013 novel Doc Savage: Skull Island by Will Murray. While the nature of the crossover makes the classifications questionable, in the novel, the pterosaurs on the island's coast are given the designation of giant Rhamphorhynchus, with notably crestless heads, black skin, and long "devil-tails". Franchise producer Joe DeVito provided small depictions of this design on the novel's cover art, but in 2016, with the official review and sign-off of DeVito himself, the coastal pterosaurs of Skull Island reappeared in Kong of Skull Island in art by Carlos Magno as large, orange, crested Pteranodons with tails of unremarkable length. The following year, artist Chad Lewis, in Kong: Gods of Skull Island seems to have depicted a mixture of previous appearances, choosing an orange, crested pterosaur with a scruff of feathers and a long, whip-like tail.



Kong: King of Skull Island

When the Wanderer neared Skull Island, Carl Denham's arm was snatched by a creature he referred to as "a flying dragon". He used his free arm to grab onto the ship's railing, and the pterosaur tried to tear his arm off by flying away. He lost his grip on the railing, and it began to fly away, but it was quickly snapped out of the sky by an immense marine reptile, which dragged it beneath the waves for a meal of its own.

Doc Savage: Skull Island


Kong: King of Skull Island

Kong: King of Skull Island issue #0

Kong: King of Skull Island issue #2

Despite the erroneous depiction in the premiere issue, in a vision of Kong, two green, long-tailed and crested pterosaurs are depicted, alongside other Skull Island wildlife.

Kong of Skull Island

Kong: Gods of Skull Island

A species of pterosaur with a long tail destroyed the plane of missionary explorer James Copland when he first discovered Skull Island.




This is a list of references for The boy who cried godzilla/sandbox/camazotz. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Doc Savage: Skull Island. Atlus Press. 26 February 2013. p. 133. ISBN ?? Check |isbn= value: invalid character (help).
  2. Kong: King of Skull Island. Dark Horse. 4 January 2005. p. ??. ISBN 9781595820068.
  3. Doc Savage: Skull Island. Atlus Press. 26 February 2013. p. ??. ISBN ?? Check |isbn= value: invalid character (help).


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Joe DeVito's Kong of Skull Island