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"We don't serve your type either."
"What type are you referring to?"
"Conduit worms."
―Borkus compares Meebur Gascon, a Zilkin, to a conduit worm — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Conduit worms were non-sentient, parasitic worms native to the planet Coruscant that fed on electricity. They absorbed components as they grew along the ecumenopolis' electrical conduits, turning them into organs. The name "conduit worm" could also be used as an insult, akin to calling someone a "little parasite."

Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]

Non-sentient, conduit worms fed off the electricity of buildings and starships. These parasitic worms absorbed components,[1] such as batteries,[2] as they grew along electrical conduits,[1] which were then turned into organs. They had eye threads and resistor segments, as well as capacitor beads to store energy,[2] extending from body core segments.[1] A conduit worm's feeler threads could grow hundreds of meters long, and mouth cups often grew at their ends. They had gray-and-brown skin and black eyes.[2]

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Conduit worms were known to sneak aboard ships and eat their electrical wiring while the vessel was still in flight.[3]

Conduit worms in the galaxy[edit | edit source]

"That dirty conduit worm."
―Merei Spanjaf insults Janus Fhurek[src]

Borkus compared the appearance of Zilkins (pictured) to that of conduit worms.

Thousands of years of urbanization on the planet Coruscant led to the evolution of many unique forms of wildlife in its underworld, including conduit worms. These creatures grew around their homeworld's endless power cables and absorbed their components. The possibility of an infestation causing the loss of vital artificial light prompted some underworld residents to wear exterminator backpacks, which featured probes that detected currents affected by conduit worms.[2]

"Conduit worm" was also used as a derogatory term,[4] akin to calling someone a "little parasite."[5] Circa 20 BBY19 BBY,[6] Borkus, the Sullustan proprietor of Abafar's Power Sliders diner, compared Meebur Gascon, a member of the sentient Zilkin species, to a conduit worm before ejecting him from his business.[4] During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Merei Spanjaf, a student at the Junior Academy of Applied Sciences of Lothal, likewise called Janus Fhurek, the school's athletic director, a conduit worm after learning of the latter's xenophobic actions.[7]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"The conduit worm was David [West Reynolds]'s conception, including the types of details and their function, with the modular eyes, 'batteries' and tentacles. It's meant to come across as a cross between an organic life-form and an electrical circuit."
―Robert E. Barnes[src]

Conduit worms were first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in "Missing in Action,"[4] the twelfth episode in the fifth season of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which originally aired on January 5, 2013.[8] The creatures were first canonically depicted in the 2015 reference book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.[9] Conduit worms were originally created for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary, a 2002 Star Wars Legends reference book written by David West Reynolds.[10]

The conduit worm was conceived by Reynolds himself and was meant to represent a cross between an organic life-form and an electrical circuit. The model pictured in Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary was created by concept sculptor Robert E. Barnes using wire, Sculpey polymer clay, urethanes, epoxy, and paint. The conduit worm was intentionally designed to look "pretty nasty" and was built to the scale seen in the book.[11]

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