Fiordland brotula

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Fiordland brotula
Fiordichthys slartibartfasti.gif
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Ophidiiformes
Family: Bythitidae
Genus: Fiordichthys
F. slartibartfasti
Binomial name
Fiordichthys slartibartfasti
Paulin, 1995

The Fiordland brotula, Fiordichthys slartibartfasti, is a rare viviparous brotula found only in the Fiordland region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is inhabits spaces in rock rubble and is found at depths of from 10 to 12 metres (33 to 39 ft). This species grows to a length of 11.1 centimetres (4.4 in) SL.


The genus name means fjord fish (fiord + Greek ichthys = fish) while the species name is a references to Slartibartfast, a character from Douglas Adams' 1979 novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who was one of the designers of the supercomputer Earth, winning an award for his design of the Norwegian fjords.