Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Skorpiovenator bustingorryi by kana hebi-d917lxc.jpg
An artist's illustration of Skorpiovenator bustingorryi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Abelisauridae
Genus: Skorpiovenator
Canale et al., 2008
Species: S. bustingorryi
Binomial name
Skorpiovenator bustingorryi
Canale et al., 2008

Skorpiovenator is a large carnivorous dinosaur, known as one of the abelisaurids. It was described by Canale, Scanferla, Agnolin and Novas in 2009. It is known from only one nearly complete specimen, missing only most of the forelimbs and parts of the tail.


Skorpiovenator was a 6 meter (20 feet) long abelisaurid that inhabited the Huincul Formation of Argentina, contemporary of the carcharodontosaurid Mapusaurus, another abelisaurid named Ilokelesia, and a giant
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Skorpiovenator's appearance from Planet Dinosaur

sauropod named Argentinosaurus. This dinosaur was named not by its diet, but by its specimen being surrounded by a bustling colony of scorpions. Like some its relatives, such as Carnotaurus, Skorpiovenator had a short, deep robust skull which was typical for an abelisaurid, along with very short arms which could not be useful when fighting.

In Popular Culture

  • Skorpiovenator makes an appearance in BBC Planet Dinosaur, claimed as a nest raider, perhaps feeding on eggs from Argentinosaurus. Then later scavenging a carcass of a fully grown Argentinosaurus & return from time to time while the Mapusaurus had their fill


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