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Newly described Pleco named after Star Wars character

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 13, 2015 09:00 AM
As if discovering three new species of loricariid catfish wasn't awesome enough, the researchers named one of the new species after the Star Wars character, Greedo. Yup, that green alien bounty hunter Han Solo blasts at the Cantina.
Newly described Pleco named after Star Wars character

Peckoltia greedoi (preserved specimen)

The researchers describe the etymology of Peckoltia greedoi in this way:

Named for Greedo of Rodia, a bounty hunter killed by Han Solo in Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977) with whom this species shares a remarkable resemblance.

greedo2.jpgP.greedoi, discovered from the waters of Brazil on planet Earth, is mostly reddish to dark brown so its etymology is definitely not based on color.  We assume the "remarkable resemblance" is based on the buggy alien eyes (photo,right).  Good enough for us!

The other two newly described plecos published in the ZooKeys open-access paper are Peckoltia ephippiata and Peckoltia lujani.

The number of pleco species is fast approaching 1,000!  Still, many more species are yet to be formally described; a lot of variants are currently identified with the pseudo-scientific L-number system, which pleco afficionados are familiar with.  In fact, two more loricariid catfishes of the genus Pseudancistrus, P.kayabi and P.asurini, were just formally described just yesterday in another ZooKeys paper.

Expect hundreds more to come.  Whether any of them will be named after General Ackbar, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, or Wedge Antilles remains to be seen.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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