Star Wars: Chewbacca Gets A New Weevil Named After Him

Even the animal kingdom cannot escape the far-reaching effects of Star Wars.4 new species of [...]

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Even the animal kingdom cannot escape the far-reaching effects of Star Wars.

4 new species of weevil were discovered in Papua New Guinea (via USA Today), and one, in particular, had something in common with Han Solo's right-hand Wookie Chewbacca. The weevil has dense scales on its head and legs, and researchers drew a parallel to Chewbacca's dense fur, thus the species was fittingly named after Chewy. The official scientific name of this weevil is Trigonopterus Chewbacca.

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(Photo: Dr. Alexander Riedel, Natural History Museum Karlsruhe)

While the other 3 species were not named after Star Wars, the newly minted weevil does join a catfish that was named after Greedo, called Peckoltia Greedoi.

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