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
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 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
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 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.


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. Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 17:51
  • Useful. Is it known if the Gungans have a formal caste system?
    – DukeZhou
    Commented Feb 2, 2019 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
    Commented Feb 2, 2019 at 5:57

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
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 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
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 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
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 13:11
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    -1 because no hand-drawn circle :) Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 14:41
  • Compared to the other answer, this one is somewhat lacking with respect to the specific points raised in the question. Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 18:00

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