Skeletal restoration; known remains in grey
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
clade: Dinosauria
Superorder: Theropoda
Family: Abelisauridae
Genus: Vitakridrinda
Malkani, 2006
Species: V. sulaimani
Binomial name
Vitakridrinda sulaimani
Malkani, 2006

Restoration of Vitakridrinda sulaimani by Syed Mohammad Asas Husain (See asashusain.com for more).

Vitakridrinda is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Balochistan, Western Pakistan. The species is V. sulaimani.


V. suleimani is based on partial remains; including two thigh bones, a braincase, and a tooth.

Experts estimate Vitakridrinda to be between 6-8 metres in length, making it roughly the same size as other Abelisaurids like Majungasaurus and Rahiolisaurus

Due to it being an intermediately-large carnivore and fierce predator of the region at that time, Vitakridrinda is said to have earned the nickname 'Pakistani T-Rex'

Discovery & History[]

The discovery was made (along with other dinosaur specimens) near Vitakri, by a team of Palaeontologists from the Geological Survey of Pakistan, in rocks from the Maastrichtian-age Vitakri Member of the Pab Formation.[1]

Vitakridrinda was formally described in 2006, by Pakistani Palaeontologist M.S. Malkani.

In addition the initial partial remains of a braincase, tooth and two thigh bones, a partial snout was also later found. Malkani assigned this to the holotype, considering that an additional vertebrae may also belong to this genus. However, the snout was later reclassified as a new genus of mesoeucrocodylian, Induszalim.[2][3][4]


  1. Malkani, M.S. (2006). "Biodiversity of saurischian dinosaurs from the Latest Cretaceous Park of Pakistan". Journal of Applied and Emerging Sciences 1 (3): 108–140. 
  2. Malkani, M.S. (2006). "First rostrum of carnivorous Vitakridrinda (Abelisaurid theropod dinosaur) found from the Latest Cretaceous dinosaur beds (Vitakri) Member of Pab Formation, Alam Kali Kakor Locality of Viakri area, Darkham District, Balochistan, Pakistan". Sindh University Y Research Journal (Science Series) 38 (3): 7–26. 
  3. Malkani M.S. 2015a. Terrestrial mesoeucrocodiles from the Cretaceous of Pakistan. In: Zhang Y., Wu S.Z., Sun G. eds., abstract volume, 12th Symposium on “Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems (MTE 12), and 3rd Symposium of International Geoscience Program (IGCP 608) “Cretaceous Ecosystem of Asia and Pacific” August 15–20, 2015, Paleontological Museum of Liaoning/Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, China, 242-246.
  4. Malkani, M.S., 2015b. Dinosaurs, mesoeucrocodiles, pterosaurs, new fauna and flora from Pakistan. Geological Survey of Pakistan, Information Release 823: i-iii,1-32.

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