Kdatlyno are an extraterrestrial species in Larry Niven's fictional Known Space universe. They first appeared in the 1968 short story Grendel, but were already mentioned in the 1966 short story At the Core.
In appearance they are a physically large and powerful bipedal species with muscular build, rough scaley skin, retractile claws and thick hides, growing up to eight feet tall. They have no eyes, having evolved on a world which instead drove the development of echolocation rather than vision.
Kdatlyno are one of the few sentient races that can physically intimidate an adult Kzin, and there is at least one mention of them being used as elite Imperial Guards for the Kzinti Patriarch, presumably due to both their great strength and their uninvolvement in Kzin imperial court politics.
The short story Grendel features the Kdatlyno Lloobee, a touch-sculptor who works primarily for a human audience. He was the character referred to in the title of the short story Grendel.[dubious ]
Grendel (short story), in Neutron Star (New York: Ballantine, 1968, pp. 51–72 ISBN 0-345-29665-6)
- Kdatlyno at the Encyclopedia of Known Space
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