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Old February 21 2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Notable & distinctive species list

I'm trying to compile a list of 50 of the most notable and distinctive species in all the series and movies for a small project I'm doing. What I mean by distinctive is that they are easily identified in a simplified form. For example: Betazoids and Iotians don't qualify because they don't look much if any different from Humans, but Bajorans and Vulcan do qualify.

I already have a list of well over 50 species, but what I need help with is if I happened to overlook any important ones. In this list, the first section is what I am definitely using, the second section are strong maybes, and could be switched with the third section. The fourth section lists those that I am not going to use for various reasons.

Definitely yes:

#/Species/Series
1 Andorian TOS
2 Bolian TNG
3 Borg TNG
4 Cardassian DS9
5 Cheron (Bele) TOS
6 Cheron (Lokai) TOS
7 Ferengi TNG
8 Gorn TOS
9 Human ALL
10 Klingon TOS
11 Mugato TOS
12 Orion TOS
13 Pakled TNG
14 Q TNG
15 Romulan TOS
16 Romulan (Nero) ALT
17 Soong-type android TNG
18 Tholian TOS
19 Tribble TOS
20 Vulcan TOS
21 Bajoran DS9
22 Caitian TAS
23 Denobulan ENT
24 Edosian (Arex) TAS
25 Jem'Hadar DS9
26 Lurian (Morn) DS9
27 Planet Forbidden! Movies
28 Talaxian VOY
29 Tamarian TNG
30 Tellarite TOS
31 Trill DS9
32 Vorta DS9

Strong maybe:

33 Balok puppet TOS
34 Benzite TNG
35 Kazon VOY
36 Keenser ALT
37 Long-face ALT
38 Madeline ALT
39 Nibiran ALT
40 Salt vampire TOS
41 Species 8472 VOY
42 Talosian TOS
43 Tarchannen III TNG
44 Voth VOY
45 Xindi Aquatic ENT
46 Xindi Arboreal ENT
47 Xindi Insectoid ENT
48 Xindi Primate ENT
49 Xindi Reptilian ENT
50 Zakdorn TNG

Possibly switched with previous section:

51 Bynar TNG
52 Kelvin doctor ALT
53 Suliban ENT
54 Traveler TNG

Not using:

55 Aenar ENT
56 Founder DS9
57 Horta TOS
58 Kelvin bridge alien ALT
59 Moto ALT
60 Ocampa VOY
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Old February 21 2014, 06:17 PM   #2
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Re: Notable & distinctive species list

Species 8472 on Voyager?
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Old February 21 2014, 06:31 PM   #3
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Caitians, Ariolo, Bzzit Khaht, Arcadians, Zaranites, Arkenites, Xelatians, Efrosians, Grazerites, Kasheeta, Rhaandarites, that guy Kirk kicked in the grobjes on Rura Penthe, the "Silent Enemy" invaders, the giant-eyed nurse from AbramsTrek played by Sonita Henry, Axanarri...I mean, you got a LOT of work ahead of you, Bubba.
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Old February 21 2014, 07:18 PM   #4
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Re: Notable & distinctive species list

Thanks! I'd question whether some of the background aliens count as "notable", but you did give me a few to add. I just gotta figure out which other ones I have to knock off the 50!
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Old February 21 2014, 09:18 PM   #5
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The Metrons.

Under "un-named species" there would be Trelane's species. We've seen Q children and they do not need a thing in the wall to help them.

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Old February 21 2014, 09:44 PM   #6
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Re: Notable & distinctive species list

The thing that springs to mind when reading your list is the Q.

You say your rules require the species to be easily distinctive...we frequently see the Q in a human form so that is not distinctive. Unless you are counting them as pure energy?

I'd be tempted to switch them for the Kazon who are, in my opinion, very distinctive.

Also interesting that you included tribbles. So Humanoid is not a requirement? In which case you may want to consider targs and beagles.
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Old February 21 2014, 10:01 PM   #7
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Re: Notable & distinctive species list

Deltans? Come on, bald woman!
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Old February 21 2014, 10:13 PM   #8
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The thing that springs to mind when reading your list is the Q.

You say your rules require the species to be easily distinctive...we frequently see the Q in a human form so that is not distinctive. Unless you are counting them as pure energy?

I'd be tempted to switch them for the Kazon who are, in my opinion, very distinctive.
Oh, not to worry, Q will be quite recognizable! Plus, the Kazon are in the "strong maybe" right now, and will likely stay in the top 50.

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Also interesting that you included tribbles. So Humanoid is not a requirement? In which case you may want to consider targs and beagles.
Doesn't have to be humanoid (i.e. Tholians), but I'd prefer to keep it to sapient species. Tribbles just happen to be an exception.
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Old February 21 2014, 10:20 PM   #9
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The Nausicans spring to mind as absent, unless I have overlooked them. They are distinctive.
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Old February 22 2014, 02:59 AM   #10
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Moving away from obvious humanoids, what about the Sheliak from TNG's "The Ensigns of Command"? The Excalbians from TOS's "The Savage Curtain"? The Cytherians from TNG's "The Nth Degree"? The Voth from Voyager's "Distant Origin"? If you like the Q, how about the Organians from TOS's "Errand of Mercy" (in their non-corporeal form)?
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Old February 22 2014, 03:33 AM   #11
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Re: Notable & distinctive species list

If you're going to include the tribble, then what about the mugatu?

Also, the single-celled amoeba from "Immunity Syndrome" and the flying puke from "Operation Annihilate"
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Old February 22 2014, 09:48 AM   #12
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I don't have any species to add, but I would suggest you consider not splitting the Cheron and the Romulans into two entries. The whole point of the Cheron episode was that they were exactly the same species with purely superficial differences.

And I don't even really understand what the original reasoning is for splitting 'Nero-romulans' from original timeline romulans in the first place. They're all still Romulans. Just as Kirk and Co are still the same Humans/Vulcans, and still fighting the same Klingons.

Now that I think about it, I suppose you might also want to consider the Remans. Also, non-humanoid or not, any list that didn't include the Changelings/Founders would be lacking.
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Old February 22 2014, 10:35 AM   #13
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Re: Notable & distinctive species list

Dikironium cloud creature
Medusans
Excalbians (Yarnek) (DrCorby mentioned them)
Vendorians
The Skorr
The Kzinti

The Companion*
Cosmic cloud from "One of Our Planets Is Missing"*
* - maybe not species per se
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Old February 22 2014, 04:34 PM   #14
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The Talosians, or did I miss that already mentioned?
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Old February 23 2014, 12:16 AM   #15
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Mister Homn's species.

I have wondered if Mister Homn's species is the same one that created Ruk, the android from What Are Little Girls Made of. Based on the similar appearances.

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