genus of reptiles (fossil)

Alcione is an extinct genus of nyctosaurid pterosaur from Maastrichtian-aged rocks from the Ouled Abdoun Basin in Morocco. It was one of six new Maastriichtian-aged pterosaurs described in 2018.[1] Two of these pterosaurs are yet to be named.

Temporal range: Upper Maastrichtian
A. elainus FSAC-OB 2 holotype partial skeleton and FSAC-OB 217 metacarpal IV compressed.png
A, humerus of holotype; B, radius and ulna of holotype; C, sternum of holotype; D, referred metacarpal IV; E, metacarpal IV and scapulocoracoid of holotype; F, femur of holotype.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Pterosauria
Suborder: Pterodactyloidea
Family: Nyctosauridae
Genus: Alcione
Longrich et. al., 2018
A. elainus
Binomial name
Alcione elainus
Longrich et. al., 2018


  1. Nicholas R. Longrich; David M. Martill; Brian Andres (2018). "Late Maastrichtian pterosaurs from North Africa and mass extinction of Pterosauria at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary". PLOS Biology. 16 (3): e2001663. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2001663.