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The Saurians were a reptilian humanoid species affiliated with the Federation. They have served in Starfleet since at least the 2250s. (DIS: "Brother")


Dr. Culber performs a stress level scan on Linus

The Saurians resembled humanoid lizards with scaly skin that could be pink or gray. Their large black or yellow eyes were endowed with both vertical and horizontal eyelids, and granted them an enormous visual spectrum of 74,000 nanometers. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; DIS: "Brother", "Far From Home")

They had six nasal canals, making certain afflictions such as the common cold particularly miserable. (DIS: "An Obol for Charon") Saurians shed their skin once a year, during which time they were forced to avoid any areas where hygiene was important such as mess halls. (DIS: "The Sanctuary")

Saurians were hatched. (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)

A Saurian commander served on the USS Titan in 2380. (LD: "No Small Parts")

A Saurian diplomat accompanied Federation President Laira Rillak to Ni'Var during the final negotiations for Ni'Var's re-entry into the Federation.(DIS: "All Is Possible")


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 was an alcoholic beverage, bottled since at least the 22nd century, that had been popular in the Federation for centuries. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah", "The Enemy Within"; DS9: "Behind the Lines") It was illegal in the alternate reality as of 2263. (Star Trek Beyond)

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




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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]

Star Trek: Star Charts ('United Federation of Planets I") and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385") depicted a planet called Sauria in the Alpha Quadrant star system Sauria (Psi Serpentis). This was a trinary system consisting of three G-class stars. Sauria was listed as a Federation member as of 2378.


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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