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Canopus III
Type: Planet
Native Species: Canopus III dinosaur
Location: Canopus system
Alpha Quadrant

Canopus III was the third planet of the Canopus system. This was the homeworld of a species of dinosaurs. The planet was known for its desert-like terrain. This planet was located several light years from Lactra VII.

Prior to stardate 5501, James T. Kirk visited Canopus III. During his visit, he saw the dinosaurs. In 2269, the crew of the USS Enterprise encountered a dinosaur in a desert environment on Lactra VII, that was very much like the dinosaurs native to Canopus III. Despite initially hypothesizing that similar environments prompt similar evolution in species, it was later determined that the beast was, in fact, transplanted to the planet by the Lactrans, who terraformed the desert terrain for the beast as part of their zoo exhibit. (TAS: "The Eye of the Beholder")

The location of Canopus III in the Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

According to startrek.com, Canopus III was an M-class world. [1]
In "The Explored Galaxy" star chart, Alpha Carinae and Canopus III were depicted as two different locations. Canopus III was however depicted as being located between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. Both of these were identified in DS9: "Call to Arms" as being in the Alpha Quadrant.

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