Jonathan Armbruster, biological sciences professor and curator of fishes for the Auburn University Museum of Natural History in Alabama, must come from a science lab far, far away.He named a newly discovered species of catfish Peckoltia greedoi. That's in honor of Greedo, the Star Wars character this fish so clearly resembles.
"Chris [his colleague] looked at the specimen and said 'that looks like that guy from Star Wars,'" Armbruster. "After a little prodding, I realized he was talking about Greedo. We then knew what the name had to be. The Peckoltia greedoi does bear a striking resemblance to Greedo."
In case you don't remember, Greedo had a very short but memorable scene in the original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as a Rodian bounty hunter who gets greased almost instantly by Han Solo. Although his stint in the franchise was brief, he became the focal point of a ongoing debate when George Lucas re-released the trilogy in 1997 with a reworked scene that shows Greedo shooting first (#TeamHanShotFirst).
For Armbruster, the connection gave the new catfish a sentimental value in addition to its scientific one.
"As a 7-year-old kid, I watched Star Wars in the theater and it was a life-changing experience for me," he said. "I became a lifelong fan, and I now share that with my son. Greedo has always been a personal favorite of mine."