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Livingston fish

Livingston in Picard's ready room aboard the Enterprise-D

For additional meanings of "Livingston", please see Livingston.

"'The anomaly...my ship...my crew...' I suppose you're worried about your fish, too."

- Q to Jean-Luc Picard in 2370
Hugh and Livingston

Hugh examines Livingston

Livingston, Devil's due

Livingston

Livingston as a jellyfish

Livingston affected by Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome

Livingston was a lionfish kept by Captain Jean-Luc Picard in his ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D for the duration of the ship's existence. The spherical aquarium was located in the corner of the ready room, next to the viewport. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

In 2364, Lieutenant Commander Data examined Livingston's fish tank very closely with a magnification glass, as the android was implementing some of Sherlock Holmes' characteristics at the time. (TNG: "Lonely Among Us")

Livingston was seen while Captain Picard discussed the situation on Ventax II with Dr. Howard Clark. (TNG: "Devil's Due")

When visiting Picard in his ready room, Berlinghoff Rasmussen examined the fish and knocked on its aquarium. (TNG: "A Matter of Time")

The Borg Hugh examined Livingston very closely when he was beamed into the ready room in late 2368. (TNG: "I Borg")

Both Q and DaiMon Lurin took great interest in the fish in early 2369, closely examining Livingston in the tank. (TNG: "True Q", "Rascals")

Later that year, Captain Edward Jellico ordered that Livingston be removed from the ready room after he assumed command of the Enterprise. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I")

When visiting a holographic representation of the NX-class Enterprise, Deanna Troi wondered how Captain Jonathan Archer could have survived without a fish tank in his ready room. (ENT: "These Are the Voyages...")

After being affected by Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome, William T. Riker attempted to break open Livingston's fish tank, possibly in order to consume him. Fortunately, he did not succeed. The fish had been affected by the Syndrome as well and was transformed into a jellyfish-like creature. (TNG: "Genesis")

Q thought Picard was probably worried about his fish as well as his ship and his crew after the captain saved Humanity from the effects of an anti-time anomaly in the Devron system in 2370. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

Livingston's tank, 2371

Livingston's tank after the Enterprise-D's crash on Veridian III

Livingston was given a much larger aquarium by 2371. Unfortunately, the Enterprise-D was soon destroyed, although Livingston's tank remained intact and survived the crash of the saucer section on Veridian III. (Star Trek Generations)

When asked if Livingston had survived the crash in Generations, writer Ronald D. Moore suggested that the fish was eaten by Data's cat Spot by commenting "Spot had to eat something in those long hours before Data found him." (AOL chat, 1998)

For a time, Livingston was present in Picard's ready room on the USS Enterprise-E, in a much larger tubular aquarium. (Star Trek: First Contact)

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Background information Edit

Livingston was named for producer-director David Livingston. The fish was never called by that name in an episode, but was named behind-the-scenes by Star Trek: The Next Generation production staff. (Star Trek Encyclopedia)

According to Ronny Cox, Patrick Stewart hated Livingston's presence in the ready room, and constantly petitioned the producers to remove the fish. Stewart felt that it was inappropriate to have a captive animal in a series that valued the dignity of different species. Cox - who agreed with Stewart - stated that Livingston's temporary removal in "Chain of Command" was thus a "sort of a bone they threw to Patrick". [1]

Livingston's aquarium was not readily visible in Star Trek: First Contact, but production photos of the set reveal that it was present. Livingston was not part of the set for Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis.

Livingston was portrayed by a red lionfish (Pterois volitans) in nearly every appearance. Only in "Devil's Due" did the fish change species and appear as a radial firefish (Pterois radiata).

Livingston is the first of four recurring pets, which include Spot, Chester, and Porthos.

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