A Biologist Just Named a Fish Species After a Star Wars Character

by Owen James Burke

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Above: Star Wars’ Greedo beside a curiously similar looking species of catfish, Peckoltia greedoi, which has been named after him. Image: IFL

While on expedition along the Gurupi River which spills out along Brazil’s remote northern coast, Professor Jonathan Armbruster of Auburn University’s Museum of History came across a previously unnamed catfish. After sitting around discussing the specimen at a table, he and colleagues came to the conclusion that it looked like Greedo from Star Wars, which just happened to be one of Professor Armbruster’s favorite characters from the series.

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Peckoltia greedoi. Holotype: Auburn University

There certainly is a resemblance in the eyes and lips.

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Screenshot via myownstarwars.tumblr

Of all the sea creatures named after popular culture icons, mine will always be this downright punk-rock sea snail named after Joe Strummer.

Read more about Professor Armbruster’s and the new named species at Auburn University’s website. — OJB

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