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I'll admit that this seems a silly question, but after observing the images from this recent question I had the obvious realization that other than skin tone and dress, Boss Nass looks absolutely nothing like other Gungans! He seems to be missing the tell-tale long ears, his eyes are inset rather than protruded and, unless my recollection is off, not a single other Gungan is overweight.

Of course, the weight can be explained away by simply claiming he's the leader and, therefore, has free-reign to all resources available, especially food. However, even the rest of the Gungan Council at the beginning of the Phantom Menace doesn't appear to have such weight issues which, in my opinion, makes Boss Nass's form all the more odd.

I considered writing off this question but being that there is precedent within the Star Wars universe of creatures setting up other beings not of their species as leaders, it didn't seem to off base of an assumption.

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    He ties his ears together like a ponytail but they're still back there if you look really closely/have the action figure ;) – dunraven Dec 31 '15 at 14:29
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    That makes sense. his hat didn't seem big enough for them to be stuffed into, some how. :P – RLH Dec 31 '15 at 14:30
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Your confusion likely stems from the fact that Boss Nass (and several of the other bosses) were Ankura Gungans, as opposed to Jar Jar who was an Otolla Gungan.

“Boss,” Leika amended. “Boss Ganne. An Ankura Gungan — the ones with green skin and hooded eyes.” - SW: The Phanton Menace - Official Novelisation

Per Wookieepedia

The Ankura were one of the two major races of the Gungan species, denoted by their shorter bill and haillu, hooded eyes, and stockier build. They were an older race than the lanky Otolla. Boss Nass was a typical Ankura Gungan.

and

The Otolla were one of the two major races of the Gungan species. They were characterized by their tall and usually lanky bodies, longer haillu, prominent bills, and inquisitive eyes that sat up on short stalks. The Otolla were a younger race than the bulkier Ankura. Jar Jar Binks was a typical Otolla.

and from the Star Wars Episode I Visual Dictionary

Boss Nass has the distinctive green skin and hooded eyes of the old Ankura lineage that hails from an isolated swamp village. His distant ancestors united with the Otolla Gungans who founded Otoh Gunga

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    The prequel trilogy was big on speces split into 2 classes. The other big example that jumps out to me is Utapau, which had 2 extremely different subsets of the same species. – user2989297 Dec 31 '15 at 17:51
  • Useful. Is it known if the Gungans have a formal caste system? – DukeZhou Feb 2 at 4:06
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    @DukeZhou - Not a formal system, no. But the leaders of the Gungan High Council are invariably Ankura Gungans (and have been for centuries), despite the Council mainly comprising Otolla Gungans. – Valorum Feb 2 at 5:57
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Yes, the Star Wars databank specifically identifies his species as a Gungan.

boss nass bio source

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    Ah, ok. I had read the write-up and was about to rebut, but then I noticed the "Species" tag at the bottom. I'd not seen or noticed that. – RLH Dec 31 '15 at 13:05
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    @RLH yeah, the text in the blurb is ambiguous, but his species is clearly stated. i added a fancy red arrow to help draw attention. – phantom42 Dec 31 '15 at 13:10
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    If I hadn't already upvoted, you'd certainly be getting it simple for the Paint arrow! – RLH Dec 31 '15 at 13:11
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    -1 because no hand-drawn circle :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 31 '15 at 14:41
  • Compared to the other answer, this one is somewhat lacking with respect to the specific points raised in the question. – O. R. Mapper Jan 1 '16 at 18:00

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