Genus: Sericipterus ANDRES, CLARK & XU, 2010
Etymology: Latin, sericum, "silk"; in reference to the ancient Silk Road that passed through what is now the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, and Greek, pteros, "wing," a traditional ending for pterosaur names.

Species: wucaiwanensis ANDRES, CLARK & XU, 2010
Etymology: In reference to the Wucaiwan area, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China, in which this pterosaur was found. In Chinese it means 'five-color bay' and refers to the striking variegated colors of the rocks in the area.

Holotype: IVPP V14725

Locality: Wucaiwan locality, eastern Junggar Basin, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China.

Horizon: Upper Shishugou Formation.


Age: Oxfordian Stage, Lower Malm Epoch, Early Late Jurassic.

Material: Incomplete skeleton including a disarticulated skull, partial mandible, at least 12 isolated teeth, partial vertebral column (6 cervicals, 9 dorsals, 2 sacrals), the right scapula and coraoid, both humeri, the ends of the right ulnae and radii, the distal end of the left ulna, a proxmal manual phalanx, the left first, right second, both third, and both fourth wing phalanges, an ischioput plate, 2 metapodial elements and probable pedal phalanx fragment.