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It was reranked as the subfamily Nyctosaurinae by Kuhn (1946) and Kuhn (1966); it was reranked as the unranked clade Nyctosauridae by Bennett (1989).
It was assigned to Pteranodontidae by Kuhn (1946); to Ornithocheiridae by Kuhn (1966); to Pterodactyloidea by Bennett (1989); to Pterodactyloidea by Murry et al. (1991); and to Dsungaripteroidea by Cai and Wei (1994) and Andres and Norell (2005).
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If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.