Between getting snubbed at the Medal of Yavin ceremony and not getting a hug from Leia in “The Force Awakens,” Chewbacca is the Rodney Dangerfield of the “Star Wars” universe.
Thankfully everyone’s favorite Wookie has gotten a little respect from a team of scientists, who recently named a newly discovered species of beetle after him.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 29, 2016
Trigonopterus chewbacca is a species of flightless weevil beetle that measures 0.13 inches in length and has hair-like structures on its antennae and legs.
In their report, the team explained their decision, writing: “This species has dense scales on the head and the legs, which reminds the authors of Chewbacca’s dense fur.”
As Discovery News points out, there are plenty of other animals named after “Star Wars” people and places, including the Wockia chewbacca moth, the Yoda purpurata acorn worm and the Han solo trilobite.