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"Not many people try to take a bite out of a Karkarodon. It's usually the other way around."
Dooku, to Jenza[5]

The Karkarodon were a shark-like 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 appearance[]

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] Though they could lose their teeth, Karkarodons could also rapidly regrow their teeth.[6] They swam with their legs crossed, resembling a shark's vertical tailfin. The Karkarodon Riff Tamson managed two blaster shots to the chest without showing any signs of injury.[1] The species was most comfortable underwater, and preferred to be immersed in liquid.[7] They hailed from Karkaris, which neighbored the Mon Calamari system.[8]


"Tamson, have your soldiers arrived?"
"Yes, Count. We now have the city under control."
―Count Dooku and Riff Tamson[9]

The Karkarodon Riff Tamson led the Separatist invasion of Mon Cala

At some point, the Karkarodons created a cybernetically enhanced biological weapon known as the Hydroid Medusa, on Karkaris.[10] During the Clone Wars, the Karkarodon commander Riff Tamson was sent by Count Dooku to help occupy the planet Mon Cala for the Confederacy of Independent Systems. After capturing the planet[1] and its prince, Lee-Char,[11] he declared himself ruler of the Mon Cala, having Karkarodon enforcers occupy the capital. His rule was short lived, however, when the Quarren senator Nossor Ri rebelled against him. Lee-Char was able to kill Tamson shortly after.[9] A Karkarodon was among the many prisoners detained in the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center. One day, he confronted the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, disguised as bounty hunter Rako Hardeen, who responded by stabbing his hand with a fork, threatening to eat him. He then let him go, and the Karkarodon fled back to his table.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

The appearance of the Karkarodon is based on real-world sharks. Their name was also derived from the genus of the Great White Shark: Carcharodon.[3]



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