New sea creature named after FIFO workers

Image: Nerida Wilson, WA Museum

A new sea creature discovered off Western Australia’s Dampier coast has been named after FIFO workers.

Dubbed Moridilla fifo, the creature is a nudibranch, a bright coloured sea slug found off northern Australia’s coast.

The name comes from its bright orange colour – akin FIFO worker’s high-vis clothing – and also as it was found in North West WA, and was selected by ABC radio listeners during National Science Week.

WA museum aquatic zoology senior research scientist Nerida Wilson spotted the sea animal 16 years ago while diving off Dampier and saying it made an impression, The West Australian reports.

“It has an impressive display to scare off predators,” she said.

“But it’s taken all these years to actually get the time to scientifically confirm that it is a new species.

“It’s a hermaphrodite, it does an amazing dance when it’s threatened where it waves its sausages around and it goes through a metamorphoses sort of like a butterfly.”

This is not the first creature named after the mining industry.

In the early 80s Atlas Copco provided equipment for a dig that unearthed a new type of dinosaur, which was dubbed the Atlascopcosaurus loadsi.

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