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Catfish Bears Striking Resemblance to Star Wars Character

posted: 03/18/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Star Wars catfish
Jonathan Armbruster/Auburn University

A newly described species of catfish bears a striking resemblance to Star Wars character Greedo.

The sucker mouth armored catfish's large, striking eyes and protruding bristles immediately stood out to Auburn University professor Jonathan Armbruster and his colleagues. The obvious Star Wars connection was raised and caught on quickly: the species is known scientifically as Peckoltia greedoi.


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

Armbruster obtained the sucker mouth armored catfish specimen in 2005; it was originally found in Brazil's Gurupi River in 1998.

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