They always say the real place to look for aliens is on our very own planet within Earths vastly unexplored waters. It only seems fitting that a newly discovered aquatic species is being named after an alien from a galaxy……far…..far……away!
When three new versions of sucker fish were discovered in South American waters one of the scientist most definitely must have been a Star Wars fan. Naming one of the fish after Greedo, Jabba the Hutt’s bounty hunter who talked too much and shot second vs galactic space pirate Han Solo in Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope.
A reddish-brown, small- to medium-sized catfish with a uniformly colored head (no spots or mottling), and the largest of the specimens they examined is 7.8 centimeters (3 inches) long. It has a sucker mouth, protruding bristles, and large, dark eyes.
The fish was first discovered in 1998 by researchers in Venezuela and Brazil. In 2005, Auburn University obtained the specimen. Ten years later while examining its characteristics, an arachnologist lab-mate of Jonathan Armbruster pointed out
“’That looks like that guy from Star Wars,'”
“After a little prodding, I realized he was talking about Greedo. We then knew what the name had to be,”
So, they named it Peckoltia greedoi.
“In biology, taxonomy is probably the most important science. We have not even completed cataloging all of the species found locally, and in places like South America, it sometimes feels like we have barely started. We need names to be able to discuss anything about the biology of the organisms, and it is the one branch of biology used by every biologist alive.” – Armbruster says