The Arkonians were a humanoid species.

Arkonians did not appear to have sweat glands and their bodies' hydration system was not based on water. Instead, they drank a brown liquid that they called "tarrat-aash". Their saliva had healing properties, as it could quickly repair skin abrasions. Arkonians could eject their saliva as a projectile while hissing. Their cellular structure was not capable of handling rapid temperature changes.

In the final draft script of "Dawn", the healing substance emitted by an Arkonian was referred to as "an odd, glandular fluid" and "spittle". The fluid was evidently composited into shots as an "optical" effect.

In the early 2050s, the Arkonians achieved warp capability and the Vulcans soon made first contact with them. The first contact mission wasn't successful in establishing good relations. The Arkonians proved to be suspicious and deceitful and the Vulcans were soon recalled. For more than a century after that, the Arkonians and Vulcans had rocky relations. Arkonian military vessel captains would be wary of any ship that had even a single Vulcan on it.

A deleted scene even suggests that capital punishment was to be expected by captains allowing Vulcans on their ship.

In 2152, the Arkonians made first contact with Humanity through Enterprise NX-01. Captain Khata'n Zshaar had been sent to patrol a system the Arkonians had annexed, and sent a shuttle piloted by Zho'Kaan to investigate a shuttlepod that had been sent from Enterprise. When both shuttlecraft disappeared, the Arkonians and Enterprise had to work together to find their lost crewmen. T'Pol noted that the crew of the Enterprise seemed to have established better relations with the Arkonians in a single day than the Vulcans had in a century. Zho'Kaan expressed to Tucker that he was glad he had not destroyed his shuttle when he fired upon it. (ENT: "Dawn")

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In the final draft script of "Dawn", Arkonians were described as "scary-looking" and "imposing". A member of the species was at one point referred to as a "creature" with "scaly hands." Only two Arkonians appear in "Dawn". They were scripted to each wear a uniform which was significantly different from the other.
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