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The Saurians were designed by Fred Phillips and Robert Fletcher for The Motion Picture. With the approval of Gene Roddenberry, the Saurians, as well as numerous other new species in the film, were named by Fletcher and provided a backstory by him. The following is a brief description, in Fletcher's own words:
"SAURIAN – A lizard person, very able, excellent space officers. Learned to communicate in Earth tongue, have complicated vocal language of own. Have upright, direct posture. Intelligent. Can breathe a number of gases. Valuable in exploration of new areas because of enormous strength due to four hearts. (Note: in rec deck scene only.)" (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, pp. 132-133)
In an article appearing in the January 2002 edition of Star Trek: The Magazine (Volume 2, Issue 9), entitled "Who is that Alien?", the following information from Robert Fletcher's original background notes added:
"These were a lizard-like people who were very intelligent and made excellent officers. They had the unusual ability to breathe several different gases, which made them useful members of landing parties. They were also very strong and had four hearts."
According to Star Trek: Star Charts ("United Federation of Planets I"), Sauria (Psi Serpentis) was the name of a trinary star system in the Alpha Quadrant. The primary was a class G star. Magnitude of this star was +1, which was 100 times brighter than Sol. Both of the stellar companions were class G stars, too. Sauria was the name of a planet in the system as well, and had, by 2378, become a member of the Federation.