A Fish Called Greedo – Scientists name a new species after the Star Wars Bounty Hunter
Watch out Han, they found a Greedo fish and Jabba isn’t happy…
A new species of catfish discovered in South America has just been named after Greedo, the memorable bounty hunter from Star Wars: A New Hope.
Jonathan Armbruster, a Professor of Biological Sciences and Curator of Fishes at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, is responsible for the species’ scientific name, Peckoltia Greedoi, inspired by its obvious physical similarities to the Rodian bounty hunter.
“I think it was the whole package that evoked Greedo, but particularly the eyes and the underslung mouth,” Armbruster noted. “As a seven-year-old kid, I watched Star Wars in the theater, and it was a life-changing experience for me. Greedo has always been a personal favorite of mine.”
The unique fish was actually discovered in 1998, though it has taken the course of the intervening years for scientists to properly classify the species.
“When we look across the planet we think we know what’s out there, but we don’t. There’s a lot of species that remain un-described…” Armbruster explains. In other words, naming one after an alien somehow makes perfect sense. Let’s hope he’s got a better shot than his namesake.
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Armbruster tells the full story behind naming the species in the video below: