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A Saurian crewmember

The Saurians were a species of intelligent lizards. By the mid-2270s, Saurians were serving in Starfleet.

A Saurian scientist as well as a second crewmember served aboard the USS Enterprise during the final stages of its refit in the mid-2270s. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Saurian brandy, bottled since at least 2169, was a famous beverage throughout the Federation for centuries. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah", "The Enemy Within"; DS9: "Behind the Lines")

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Detail of facial design

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; Starlog #33, April 1980, p. 71; Star Trek: The Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 9, January 2002)

Also in 1980, Mego released a 3¾" Saurian action figure as part of its second series; the company inadvertently called it a Rigellian. [1]

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.

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In Star Trek Online, Saurians are one of the playable Federation species, and a Saurian named Aennik Okeg is the current Federation President.

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