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Mee
Biological classification
Designation

Non-sentient[1]

Classification

Scalefish[1]

Physical characteristics
Skin color

Yellow and brown[1]

Eye color

Red[1]

Distinctions

Poisonous[2]

Sociocultural characteristics
Homeworld

Naboo[1]

Habitat

Oceans[1] and both shallow and deep swamp[3]

Diet

The mee, also known as a daggert, was a poisonous scalefish native to the waters of the Mid Rim planet of Naboo. The mee was rotund yet flat, with black and yellow scales, a wide mouth, and a set of poisonous spines which protruded from its midsection. With its diagonal striping pattern, it could camouflage itself and blend into its surroundings, such as sea grasses and reeds. Mee largely resided within Lake Paonga, around the underwater Gungan city of Otoh Gunga, and were later transported to Naboo's moon Ohma-D'un in a Gungan recolonization effort, as well as the planet Aquilaris.

Biology and appearanceEdit

Mee, sometimes referred to as daggerts,[3] were poisonous[2] and herbivorous[3] scalefish native to the oceans of the planet Naboo,[1] but also found on one of Naboo's moons Ohma-D'un[3] and the Outer Rim planet Aquilaris.[4] The typical mee possessed a rotund, though vertically flat body, with black-and-yellow scales, a wide mouth and a pair of poisonous spines that protruded from the side. Its diagonal striping served as camouflage, allowing it to blend into sea grasses and reeds.[2] Larger varieties of mee known as jumbo daggerts existed in the core of Naboo, and were considered much rarer than their surface counterparts.[5]

BehaviorEdit

Mee reproduced frequently, though they possessed a short lifespan.[3] They would survive by nibbling at the roots of plants growing in the water.[3] It was a plentiful species, traveling in schools of thousands, and a staple food source of many other species, such as the opee sea killer, faa, tee, and otta.[1] Its diet included bubble spore and their seeds, cambylictus trees, chak-root, green glie, nave, pom, red glie, rutiger trees, and tassler trees and their knees.[3]

On Naboo, the mee were commonly found in both the shallow and deep swamp,[3] and in the area around the underwater city Otoh Gunga, one of the homes of the amphibious sentient Gungan species. They would be attracted by the underwater city's lights;[2] however, they knew by experience not to go through the portal zones of the hydrostatic bubbles that led to the air-filled chambers.[6][7]

HistoryEdit

Mee evolved in the waters of Naboo,[8] were transported in Gungan colonization efforts to its moon Ohma-D'un[3] and to Aquilaris.[4] Some mee were present in the waters of Lake Paonga[9] as of the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation in 32 BBY[10] as Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn, his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, and their Gungan scout Jar Jar Binks swam to the underwater Gungan city of Otoh Gunga to speak with local representatives.[8] Circa 20 BBY,[11] mee, along with ray, faa and laa, were present in a holding tank aboard the Titavian IV; an exploration vessel formerly operated by the Intergalactic Zoological Society on Mycroft whose mission was to gather and catalog specimens from across the galaxy.[12]

Mee were such an notable fish on Naboo that they were included in children's' holographic nursery mobiles around the time of the galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars; lasting from 22 BBY to 19 BBY.[13] Despite their poisonous nature, mee could be consumed by non-aquatic species and were presented as fillets in Dex's Diner on Coruscant.[14]

Behind the scenesEdit

The mee, along with the doo, ray, faa, see, laa, and tee, refer to the real-world musical scale: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do. They made their first appearance in the 1999 prequel trilogy film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as well as appearing in associated materials such as Star Wars: Episode I Racer, Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier, and the 2000 Daniel Wallace short story "The Monster" in Star Wars Gamer 2. The Gungan Frontier gave the mee an alternative name: the daggert. Jumbo daggerts were mentioned in the 2000 young readers novel Episode I Adventures 9: Rescue in the Core. Later references to the mee were made in an 2004 issue of Star Wars: Republic and the 2007 Legacy of the Force novel Sacrifice. Most recently, two representations of mee made an appearance alongside a see in a holographic nursery mobile in a 2009 episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as received a mention as "daggerts" in 2009's "Dining at Dex's", a Star Wars Hyperspace article.

The name daggert was a reference to Todd Daggert, created during the development of The Gungan Frontier by Wildlife of Star Wars artist Terryl Whitlatch.[15]

AppearancesEdit

Tee-eating-mee
A tee feasts on a school of mee.

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Notes and referencesEdit

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