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Xelatians

Two Xelatian ambassadors

Xelatians were a sentient, humanoid species, whose homeworld was a member of the United Federation of Planets by the late 23rd century. Xelatians were distinguished in appearance by the metallic gold faceplate used to cover all portions of their face with only a small area for viewing where the eyes would ordinarily be. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

The name for this species comes from the FASA Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update book, however, this information has never been mentioned on-screen. The book describes the Xelatians as a race of cephalopods from the planet Xelata, which is the third planet in the Tau 56 system. They have four-meter long tentacles instead of arms and legs. Xelatians communicate among themselves using telepathy and bio-luminescent pigmentation. To survive on land, they need environmental suits to trap moisture and circulate water through their gill slits. They also need anti-grav harnesses to move about on land. Xelatians wear masks because standard lighting is too bright for them. First contact with the Xelatians was made by the USS Audacious.

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