Nerida Wilson, of the WA Museum, captured this image of the Mordilla fifo. The slea slug, discovered in waters off Western Australia, is named in honour of FIFO workers.
Nerida Wilson, of the WA Museum, captured this image of the Mordilla fifo. The slea slug, discovered in waters off Western Australia, is named in honour of FIFO workers. Lee Constable

It's a dancing, hermaphrodite creature called a FIFO

A HERMAPHRODITE with a bright orange and white body - a new species of sea creature - has officially been named after Australia's FIFO workers.

The Moridilla fifo is a nudibranch; a sea slug that was originally discovered off Dampier in north-west Western Australia, 16 years ago.

It was recently named, as part of National Science Week, by ABC radio listeners.

WA Museum aquatic zoology senior research scientist Nerida Wilson said the animal had an impressive display to scare off its predators.

The slug does an amazing dance when it's threatened, waving it's sausages around and goes through a metamorphosis, like a butterfly.


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