The Saurians were a species of intelligent lizards. By the late 2250s, Saurians were serving in Starfleet. (DIS: "Brother")

History and culture

The Saurian language consisted of lingual clicks and pops. During the 2250s, the universal translator would on occasion have difficulty translating it. (DIS: "An Obol for Charon")

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")

Bamboo was one of the foods Saurians ate. (DIS: "Through the Valley of Shadows")

A Saurian named Linus served on the USS Discovery in 2257. (DIS: "Brother")

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)


Saurians were humanoid lizards with bulgy eyes and scaly skin. An individual's skin color could vary, including pink and grey, while possible eye color included black and orange/yellow. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; DIS: "Brother")

They had six nasal canals, making certain afflictions such as the common cold particularly miserable. (DIS: "An Obol for Charon")

Saurians were hatched. (DIS: "Through the Valley of Shadows")


See also

Background information


Detail of facial design

This species was identified on screen in DIS: "An Obol for Charon", previously only identified by production materials created for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The original 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") and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), there was a planet named "Sauria" in the star system Sauria (Psi Serpentis), which might possibly be the system of origin for this species, in the Alpha Quadrant. This was a trinary system with a trio of G-class stars. In 2378, Sauria was listed as a Federation member.


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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