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Clawdites were a humanoid species native to the planet of Zolan. They were one of the few shape-shifting species in the galaxy, and were sometimes referred to as Changelings.

Biology and appearance


A Clawdite taking on a new form while running from a Jedi

The Clawdites were the genetic offspring of the Zolanders, the dominant species on Zolan. When Zolanders discovered that their sun had increased its radioactive emissions, they tried to unleash a gene in the Zolander skin cells to activate natural protection against radiation. The results created a new species, Clawdites, which were metamorphs. Clawdites could change their appearance, if they kept body mass as a constant and didn't retain the same aspect for a long time. However, some Clawdites were able to change their mass, such as Zam Wesell and Nuri, although it was an extremely rare skill. Due to their abilities, they were often mistaken for Shi'ido. Zolanders ostracized Clawdites and they had many civil wars, but in the end, Clawdites subjugated Zolanders.


The assassin Zam Wesell, who operated during the last decades of the Galactic Republic, was a notable member of this race. The Clawdites served the New Republic as infiltrators during the Yuuzhan Vong War.



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