|Stellar system:||Vordan system|
|Galaxy:||Star Wars Galaxy|
|Special adaptations:||Seven tentacles and a cranial eye-stalk|
|Prey:||Organic matter (living or dead; a dianoga does not discriminate)|
|1st appearance:||Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)|
Dianogas are a non-sentient species of cephalopod that originated on the planet Vordan. These aquatic creatures are characterized by a central abdominal mass with a large gaping maw filled with sharp, jagged teeth and seven tentacles that can grow up to ten meters in length. A dianoga possesses a single eye-stalk which grows from the middle of its cranium. Dianogas are living eating machines and will consume nearly any and all organic material that it can fit into its maw. The tentacles of a diagnoga are exceptionally strong and are even capable of subduing a healthy male adult wookiee. In addition to their strength, the tentacles of a dianoga are essential for sensing and trapping its prey. It perceives the vibrations given off by movement and once it gets a hold of its prey, it almost never lets ago. A dianoga can consume a full-grown mammal in a matter of minutes. One of the more stark and somewhat gruesome elements of a dianoga is that after it has fed, it takes on the coloration of its last meal. Dianogas that have recently eaten sometimes appear blood-red in palor.  These carnivorous creatures prefer moist, humid environments such as swamps to survive, but can also be found in industrial waste centers and sewage reclamation systems. One such animal made a home for itself in garbage compactor #3263827 on the original Death Star. Dianogas have also shown to have some commercial value. Their hide has been used for clothing and their meat has been used in the creation of a wide range of recipes including cheese.
On the Death Star Edit
In 0 BBY, a group of young freedom fighters consisting of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca the Wookiee and Princess Leia sought refuge inside of this garbage compactor in order to escape from a squad of pursuing Imperial Stormtroopers. Spying the group with its eye-stalk, the dianoga attacked Luke Skywalker, wrapping its tentacles about his throat and dragging him down into the muck and sewage. Fortunately for Luke, most of his body was covered in Stormtrooper armor, which the dianoga apparently found distasteful, so it let him go.  Although the Imperials activated the garbage unit's compactor walls, both the heroes and the dianoga managed to survive. Once they escaped, the dianoga made one last effort to attack them, reaching a tentacle outside of the garbage basin. Han shot the tentacle with his blaster and commented, "Doesn't that thing ever give up?"  Although the dianoga may have survived Han's blaster shot, it certainly did not survive the destruction of the Death Star itself after Luke Skywalker fired a proton torpedo into it, causing it to explode.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- A green, plastic representation of a dianoga was included in the Death Star playset by Kenner Toys. This was the first time that a complete dianoga was ever seen.
- In the Family Guy: Blue Harvest DVD special, the dianoga is represented as Meg Griffin. It is Meg's only appearance in the film.
- A screen shot of the infamous scene where Luke is attacked by a dianoga was made into a 140-piece puzzle produced by Kenner.
- Dianogas may be similar to scum-squids, which are known to populate the smuggler's moon of Nar Shaddaa.