New curiously scaled beetle species from New Britain named after ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca

Posted by on April 26, 2016 3:07 pm
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Chewbacca, the fictional ‘Star Wars’ hairy character, has given his name to a new species of flightless beetle, discovered in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The three scientists, who have recorded this weevil species from Bismarck Archipelago’s largest island, found a total of four new species. However, it was the scales of one of them that reminded the authors of Han Solo’s loyal companion.

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