Tapejara Dossier

Ptero tapejara

Common Name Tapejara
Group Reptiles
Species Tapejara imperator
Time Cretaceous
Diet Carnivore
Temperament Skittish
Egg Tapejara Egg
PC Release Date September 12, 2016 (v247.0)
Xbox Release Date Not Yet Released
Favorite Kibble Kibble (Allosaurus Egg)
Tameable Yes
Rideable Yes
Saddle Tapejara Saddle (lvl 50)

Tapejara Imperator is a marvel to watch in the wild. It has astonishing agility compared to the Island's other flyers thanks in large part to the rudder-like fin that extends from its snout to the back of its skull.

Initially, I'd thought the fin was simply composed of keratin, but closer inspection has led me to believe that it is actually some kind of sensory organ. Not only, does it decrease Tapejara's turning radius even at high speeds, but it apparently provides Tapejara with extra information to help it fly through the air with unparalleled grace. I've even seen Tapejara hover and strafe side-to-side in the air without moving forward at all. It's quite remarkable. The creature also makes effective use of razor-sharp claws to catch onto surfaces such as the trunks of tall trees, holding its position indefinitely.


Warlike tribes appear to consider Tapejara the equivalent of a versatile rotor aircraft, capable of rapid positional changes and aggressive agility. When domesticated the Tapejara is typically outfitted with a unique dual-rider saddle, enabling a passenger to wield handheld weaponry while the pilot takes the reins. And when the Tapejara is latched onto a surface, both the passenger and pilot are able to make full use of their weapons together. Evidently what this skittering creature lacks in distance-stamina, constitution, and weight carrying capacity, it makes up for in maneuverability and combat versatility.

— The Dossier

The Tapejara is a medium sized carnivorous pterosaur found on the Ark.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Tapejara


A mid-sized pterosaur with a large and distinctive head crest, the Tapejara is one of the island's most adept fliers. Normally found living around cliffs, tall redwood forests, and other largely vertical environments, its maneuverability in the air and sharp, climbing-suitable claws allow it to seek out its diet of fruit, nuts, and small animals, which it pries from the various small cavities often found in rock and tree bark. A Tapejara crest is a highly developed sensory organ, allowing the animal to finely maintain balance and literally fly circles around other, more cumbersome flyers.


Passively found over the island, Tapejara flees when either attacked or approached.





  • The dossier was revealed on June 8, 2016
Tapejara heads BW

The crests of three tapejarids. Clockwise from right: Tapejara, Tupandactylus, and "Tapejara" navigans.

  • The dossier initially misidentified the genus as Pelagornis, which was the previous dossier.

Trivia not relevant for the game

  • The species of Tapejara in the game, Tapejara imperator, is actually based on the pterosaur Tupandactylus, which was formerly named as a species of Tapejara, renamed as it's own species in 2003.





Patch 247 Archaeopteryx, Tapejara, Night Vision Goggles and more!

Patch 247 Archaeopteryx, Tapejara, Night Vision Goggles and more!