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In DS9 "Heart of Stone":

SISKO: I see you've put in a request to reassign Ensign Vilix'pran from cargo inspection.

BASHIR: I think that would be best. Given his condition, I don't want him coming in contact with any hazardous materials.

SISKO: His condition?

BASHIR: Vilix'pran is budding. His buds are undergoing individuation in just over a month.

SISKO: You mean he's pregnant?

BASHIR: Twins.

SISKO: Reassignment granted. I'll have make sure I offer my congratulations to the ensign next time I see him.

BASHIR: O'Brien and I are throwing him a baby shower in a couple of days. I think it would mean a lot to him if you were there.

SISKO: Are you getting him anything?

BASHIR: O'Brien's building him a hatchling pond and I've put an order in with Garak for some new baby clothes.

SISKO: Count me in.

BASHIR: Aye, sir

It's kind of a funny conversation because in our species this would normally a be a conversation between females not males. Sisko and Bashir both use male pronouns to refer to this person implying he is male. Bashir uses the term individuation implying it's asexual reproduction. Bashir also refers to a hatchling pond which would infer this person is possibly amphibious.

In a later DS9 episode "Apocalypse Rising" we learn that he's budding again and litters are generally between 2 and 12 offspring.

In DS9 episode "Business As Usual" Jake Sisko is babysitting the hatchlings and needs to make sure their wings don't get tangled.

Do we know what species Vilix'pran is? Do we know anything about him and his species other than what I mentioned? Do we know what they look like?

STU or EU information is fine. If you find a picture of him please post it.

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    “in our species this would normally a be a conversation between females not males” — maybe your species, buddy. – Paul D. Waite Jun 9 '15 at 18:28
  • @PaulD.Waite I knew somebody was going to pick on that comment. How many baby showers have you been invited too? Or am I being presumptuous in assuming Paul is a "male" name. – JMFB Jun 9 '15 at 18:30
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    too many to count! “Species” encompasses all humans though — in many cultures, I’m sure you’re right, but all of humanity? – Paul D. Waite Jun 9 '15 at 18:33
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    ha ha! Men and babies! Men caring about children! Ha ha! Hilarious. – Paul D. Waite Jun 9 '15 at 18:46
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    @JMFB: "How many baby showers have you been invited too?" - In my culture, there is no such thing as baby showers, but I have once attended one at friends of mine from an anglo-saxon culture. The guests seemed to be evenly distributed across both sexes, though. If your statements are based on the assumption that males do not usually attend baby showers, please explain that briefly, as otherwise, the respective statements can be quite confusing even for visitors who happen to know the local custom of "baby showers". – O. R. Mapper Jun 9 '15 at 20:52
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Vilix'pran species is never stated in the shows. He also appears to never get a species name in EU works either. All we know about him is that at least the young have wings, and he himself supposedly as a male, reproduces asexually. Other things we know is that he can have multiple kids as once, and is speculated at to have at least 6 children. Every single mainstream resource about star trek also states that his species is unknown. It appears he was made to be a form of gag.

Quotes about Vilix'pran, Part 1 Quotes about Vilix'pran, Part 2

this is taken from the Deep Space Nine Companion.

  • I read memory alpha and wiki. Everything you posted I wrote above. I was just wondering if there was any other information about him from other sources. Maybe there's writers/authors notes, novels, comics, or something I don't have access to. – JMFB Jun 9 '15 at 18:32
  • my picture/quotes are from the writers of the show, so thats your definitive answer, he was a fun joke. – Himarm Jun 9 '15 at 18:35
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    Thank you for that. I figured it was something like that. I was laughing when they started talking about a baby shower. I actually have a friend who had a baby shower for men, it was pretty comical. Most of the gifts were gift cards, lol. Nobody knew what to do at a male baby shower. – JMFB Jun 9 '15 at 18:37
  • From the Star Trek Encyclopedia (third Edition); i.stack.imgur.com/1W0mX.png – Valorum Nov 8 at 15:48

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