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Gelagrub
Biological classification
Designation

Non-sentient

Physical characteristics
Average length

4 meters

Skin color

Green - blue

Sociocultural characteristics
Homeworld

Felucia

Gelagrubs, also known as Felucian ground beetles, were large insectine creatures that lived on the planet Felucia.

CharacteristicsEdit

Their preferred habitat was among the planet's towering mushroom forests. The gelagrub had a wide mouth above which were two vertically aligned eyes, and two rows of stubby legs endowed with adhesive characteristics that enabled it to climb steep inclines. The gelagrub had to eat constantly to maintain its natural sunscreen.

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A clone trooper riding a gelagrub on Felucia.

They were easily domesticated creatures whose larval forms were used as mounts by Gossam colonists. Clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic also used them as mounts during the Battle of Felucia in the Clone Wars.

Like the rest of Felucia's flora and fauna, the gelagrub had its own unique adaptations to the intense ultraviolet rays of the planet's sun. The gelatinous larval form was, for example, one of many Felucian creatures with a shimmering, semi-transparent skin. It was able to metabolize UV-filtering chemicals from its lichen food source, and distribute them to hypodermic ducts, affording the gelagrub's internal organs a natural sunscreen. This also meant these creatures were constantly eating.

When a gelagrub pupated, the adult emerged as a hard-shelled ground creature, not unlike a giant beetle, with a mirrored carapace in the place of the larval translucent skin to reflect the worst of the sun's rays.

Behind the scenesEdit

The ground beetle was developed by ILM digital artist Paul Giacoppo as an entire digital creature. Designed to fit into the Felucia environment, it has a translucent "gummy" like sheen.

Another creature on the planet, a bird-like animal, was developed by reworking the peko peko model from Episode I.

AppearancesEdit

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A gelagrub being ridden by a clone trooper

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