Drop Everything Now: New Species of Catfish Named for ‘Star Wars’ Character

Mar 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm |
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Where does science end and Star Wars begin? Apparently, in the words of Lindsay Lohan, the limit does not exist.

The Peckoltia greedoi, a previously unknown species of catfish, was discovered in 1998 and originally considered to be Peckoltia vittata by Auburn University science professor and curator of fishes, Jonathan Armbruster, who states that he was never happy with his classification.

This past September, Armbruster began to study the odd-looking fish again and concluded that his prior designation was incorrect. Realizing he could name the new species however he wanted, and, like any true geek, he was inspired by Star Wars. He said,

“As a 7-year-old kid, I watched Star Wars in the theater, and it was a life-changing experience for me. I became a lifelong fan, and I now share that with my son. Greedo has always been a personal favorite of mine.”

Ah, yes, Greedo: the sleazy, green bounty hunter who worked for Jabba the Hutt until he was killed by Han Solo’s blaster while in the Mos Eisley cantina.

Finally! A little recognition for the slum of the galaxy.

But can you see the resemblance?

“I think it was the whole package that evoked Greedo, but particularly the eyes and the underslung mouth,” said Armbruster.

Let’s just hope that this little fish doesn’t try pulling a blaster on Han any time soon…

See what Armbruster had to say about his discovery!


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