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The Karkarodon were an amphibious aquatic species that were native to Karkaris. The species were known to be fast swimmers, often ripping apart their enemies with their teeth. The Karkarodon Riff Tamson was a commander in the Confederacy of Independent Systems and briefly became ruler of Mon Cala before Lee-Char overthrew and killed him. A Karkarodon was also imprisoned in the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center around 20 BBY.

Biology and appearanceEdit


Karkarodons had webbed hands

Karkarodons were an aquatic species with sharp teeth and webbed hands and feet. They were fast swimmers[3] and could rip apart their enemies with their teeth.[4] The Karkarodon Riff Tamson managed to blaster shots to the chest without showing any signs of injury.[source?] They hailed from Karkaris, which neighboured the Mon Calamari system.[6]


At some point, the Karkarodons created a cybernetically enhanced biological weapon known as the Hydroid Medusa, on Karkaris.[7]

During the Clone Wars, the Karkarodon commander Riff Tamson was sent by Count Dooku to Mon Cala to destabilise the relations between the Quarren and Mon Calamari species and drive them into war. Tamson conspired with the Quarren senator Nossor Ri and murdered Yos Kolina, the king of Mon Cala. When the Quarren refused to accept Kolina's son, Prince Lee-Char, as their new ruler, the Galactic Republic sent Senator Padmé Amidala and the Jedi Anakin Skywalker to resolve the situation. Tamson, though, further divided the Quarren from the Mon Calamari and mobilized Seperatist forces to invade.[1]

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The Karkarodon Riff Tamson led the Seperatist invasion of Mon Cala

Led by Tamson, the Seperatist and Quarren forces attacked the Mon Calamari, with the help of Hydroid Medusas sent from Karkaris, and forced them to retreat.[1] Tamson thwarted any attempts to defy his control over Mon Cala[8] and declared himself ruler of the planet, having Karkarodon enforcers occupy the capital. Nossor Ri's disliked this and when Tamson attempted to execute Lee-Char he sabotaged the execution. Tamson attempted to kill the prince himself, but was outwitted and killed by his adversary.[9]

A Karkarodon was among the many prisoners detained in the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center. One day, he confronted the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen, back by a Lutrillian. Hardeen got his fork and stabbed it into the Karkarodon's hand, threatening to eat him. He then let him go, and the Karkarodon fled back to his table with the Lutrillian.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

The appearance of the Karkarodon is based on sharks. The name of the species is a reference to Carcharodon, a genus that includes the great white shark. Their homeworld, Karkaris, also has a name similar to charcharias, which is the species name for the great white.



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