A new catfish species discovered by Auburn professor Johnathon Armbruster was recently named after the bounty hunter Greedo from “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.”
Originally discovered in 1982 by researchers in Brazil, the new species of catfish really isn’t that new at all. However, things like this in science tend to move slowly so that doesn’t really come as much of a surprise. When Armbruster, the biological sciences professor and curator of fishes at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, was working on a manuscript, he obtained the specimans from the museum they were being held at.
After several more years of research, Armbruster reclassified the fish as a new catfish species all together. The official scientific name for the fish is now Peckoltia greedoi.
“I think it was the whole package that evoked Greedo, but particularly the eyes and the underslung mouth,” said Armbruster according to a CNN report.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Greedo, you may remember him as being the green alien bounty hunter who tries to arrest Han Solo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. He is the other character in the infamous “who shot first” debate.
The new catfish species certainly does bear a resemblance to Greedo apart from the color. What do you think?