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Meerslug family

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The meerslug family is a family of eel-like creatures introduced in Pikmin 3, although the family went unclassified until Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Members are known to dig through the ground (usually sand) and lure prey into traps. It is named after its only member, the Sandbelching Meerslug. Members belong to the Gastropoidae genus.


Sandbelching Meerslug[edit]

Artwork of the Sandbelching Meerslug.
Main article: Sandbelching Meerslug.

The Sandbelching Meerslug is a boss in Pikmin 3 and the third major boss encountered in Story Mode. It is a light brown amphibian-like creature resembling a lamprey, with very small eyes, thick purple lips and two rows of large sharp teeth. Further down its body, it gets wider and harbors spike-like protrusions. It is one of the largest Pikmin bosses to date.


The word "Meerslug" might come from "meerkat", an animal known to dig through dirt and sand, and "slug", which Meerslug members resemble.

The "Gastropoidae" genus comes from the real-world class "gastropoda", which encompasses slugs and snails. The scientific name is incorrectly formed, with "-oidea" and "-idae" both being common suffixes in taxonomy, but used for superfamily and family names respectively, rather than a genus.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese オオウナゴ科?
Oo unago ka
Giant eel family ウナゴ? is derived from ウナギ? (lit.: "eel") and アナゴ? (lit.: "conger")
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of France French congrilles géants giant conger eels "congrilles" is derived from congre (conger) and anguille (eel)
Flag of Germany German Schneckaale Snail eels
Flag of South Korea Korean 거대장어 과
Flag of Spain Spanish Anguílidos From anguila (eel)

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