The Neimoidian species is an offshoot of the Duros, diverging physiologically and culturally after long isolation on the world of Neimoidia. Despite their shared ancestry with the ancient spacer culture of the Duros, Neimoidians have little in common with their adventurous cousins. Instead, their ruthless mercantile and colonial efforts earned them a reputation as conniving schemers, which was further cemented by the actions of the Trade Federation, developing an overwhelmingly negative reputation for being cruel, cowardly, and weak-willed.
Neimoidians have high cunning and intellects, but poor brawn and willpower. They have talents and abilities that increase their ability to deceive and negotiate.