The Kaferians (or Tau Cetiians) were a sentient civilization native to Kaferia, the third planet in the Tau Ceti star system, located in Sector 004 of the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant.

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They were insectoid humanoids, with wide-set eyes and mandibles.

One of their known exports was an alcoholic beverage known as Tau Cetiian verguzz. (TOS novel: Uhura's Song)

Their exports included the fruit Kaferian apples.

They were extremely friendly and members of the Federation.

They were expert geneticists. (TOS episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before", TNG novel: A Time to Heal, ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation)

Kaferians slept every sleep cycle within a cigar-shaped cocoon called a hibernation sac, filled with a pungent, gelatinous goop called regenerative jelly. The jelly repaired damage to their exoskeletons, kept the plates and connective ligaments supple, and purged bacteria and contaminants from their spiracles. This process was an involuntary function of their exocrine system. When they leave the sac (which they pry open on the inside with their claws), the jelly spills out, making a mess.

Their native language consisted of an impossibly fast series of clicks with barely any variance in pitch, at least according to Human ears. The Kaferian diet consisted almost entirely of fruit sugars, and they don't eat flesh. They also have six limbs and a carapace that serves as protection against low-level radiation. (Seekers novel: Second Nature)

The novel Fear Itself contradicts this, describing Kaferians as predatory arthropods.

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