Newly Discovered Beetle Named After Chewbacca
Star Wars fans may see some similarities between a newly discovered weevil and legendary Wookiee warrior Chewbacca.
The flightless weevil was discovered in Papua New Guinea, and stood out to researchers in part because of dense scales which covered its head and legs, researchers said in a report, published in the journal ZooKeys, on Tuesday.
The Trigonopterus Chewbacca’s scales “remind the authors of Chewbacca’s dense fur,” according to the report.
The authors note that unlike Han Solo’s sidekick Chewbacca, the weevil cannot rely on its sheer size to ward off adversaries. The Chewbacca weevil, which is a type of beetle, is typically only 2.78 to 3.13 mm long.
Researchers sifted through leads and foliage to find the weeviles over a 10 day period, on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, according to the report. Altogether they found four new species of weevils, though the other three were not named after iconic movie characters.
And the Chewbacca weevil isn’t the first new species to gain its name from a ‘Star Wars’ character. In November, a South American catfish was named Peckoltia greedoi, after Greedo, a bounty hunter in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
May the force be with you, Trigonopterus Chewbacca.