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Containing forest and at least one river, it was home to a type of burrowing insect, and a primate species. The ambient temperature was sufficient to allow outdoor bathing for at least a part of the year. The planet differed from Earth in that plasma storms occurred randomly in the upper atmosphere.
The name of the planet was coined by Captain Kathryn Janeway and Commander Chakotay in 2372, when they were forced to leave the USS Voyager and live on the planet because of a rare viral infection that they'd contracted from an insect bite. Janeway also designated an area of the planet Beta 4, apparently in function of her insect trap research.
Janeway and Chakotay set up a modular shelter to serve as a permanent home. Although these facilities were basic, they were in keeping with their low-tech environment.