Skorpiovenator bustingorryi by kana hebi-d917lxc
An artist's illustration of Skorpiovenator bustingorryi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
clade: Dinosauria
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 an extinct genus of large abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the late Cretaceous of Argentina. 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 titanosaurian sauropod named Argentinosaurus.

PD Skorpio

Skorpiovenator's appearance from Planet Dinosaur

This dinosaur was named not for its diet, but for its specimen being surrounded by a bustling colony of scorpions. Like its relatives, such as Carnotaurus, Skorpiovenator had a short, deep and robust skull, which was a characteristic trait for abelisaurids, along with very short arms that likely did not serve many purposes other than being possibly used for display.

In popular culture[]

  • Skorpiovenator makes an appearance in BBC Planet Dinosaur, claimed as a nest raider that would occasionally feed on eggs from Argentinosaurus. It is later shown scavenging the carcass of a fully grown Argentinosaurus, returning from time to time while the Mapusaurus were having their fill.