There Is Now a Catfish Officially Named After Star Wars's Greedo

Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 9:48AM
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Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 9:48AM
There Is Now a Catfish Officially Named After Star Wars's Greedo
A newly discovered species of catfish looks a whole lot like Greedo, and now it's officially named after the Star Wars character. You know, the one that didn't shoot first.

"As a 7-year-old kid, I watched Star Wars in the theater, and it was a life-changing experience for me," said Jonathan Armbruster, a biologist and curator of fishes at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, who named the fish. "I became a lifelong fan, and I now share that with my son. Greedo has always been a personal favorite of mine."

Armbruster discovered several "unusual" catfish in 2005, and classified them as members of an existing species called Peckoltia vittata, although he was "uncomfortable" with that designation. Then, in September, he and his colleagues officially confirmed that they are part of a distinct new species, which they whimsically named after a Star Wars character.

There Is Now a Catfish Officially Named After Star Wars's Greedo

The catfish, seen above, does share a resemblance with Greedo, particularly as a result of those huge eyes: "I think it was the whole package that evoked Greedo, but particularly the eyes and the underslung mouth," said Armbruster.

Star Wars fans will recognize Greedo as the Rodian bounty hunter from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In the 1977 original release, Han Solo kills Greedo by shooting him point-blank, but in the 1997 re-release, the scene is re-edited to show Greedo getting a shot off first and Han reacting by shooting him back. This change made fans extremely nettled, to say the least, and inspired the popular mantra "Han shot first."





There Is Now a Catfish Officially Named After Star Wars's Greedo

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