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Polyocular slug family

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The polyocular slug family is a family of mud-dwelling creatures introduced in Pikmin 4. It contains only one member, the Bogswallow. All members of this family belong to the Gastropoidulus genus.



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Main article: Bogswallow.

Scientific name: Gastropoidulus oculii

Bogswallow are mud-dwelling enemies first discovered in the Primordial Thicket in Pikmin 4. They are a very dirty yellow and have accents of brown. Atop their head are six green eyes, and their mouth is red in coloration. Bogswallow spit mud as a defensive mechanism but also to encapsulate prey so they can eat it.


The family's name, 'polyocular slug', contains the prefix 'poly-', meaning 'multiple', and the word 'ocular', meaning 'eyepiece' or 'connected with eyes or vision'. These words together mean 'multiple eyes', which is in relation to the six eyes that the Bogswallow has. The second word, 'slug', is likely a reference to the meerslug family.

The family's genus, Gastropoidulus, is a portmanteau of Gastropoidae, the genus for members of the meerslug family, and the suffix ulus, a suffix that is used to create genus names and indicates smaller size.

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Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ムツメウナゴ科?
Mutsume Unago ka
Six-eyed eel family ウナゴ? is derived from ウナギ? (lit.: "eel") and アナゴ? (lit.: "conger")
Flag of France French congrilles polyoculaires polyocular conger eels "congrilles" is a portmanteau of congre (conger) and anguille (eel), similarly to the French name for the meerslug family
Flag of Germany German Vieläugige Röhrenmäuler Multieyed Pipemouthers
Flag of South Korea Korean 여섯눈장어 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Policulídeos Polyoculidae

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