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Loracus Prime
Loracus Prime.jpg

Loracus Prime from orbit

Type: Planet
Location: Loracus system
Gagarin Radiation Belt
Termites of Loracus Prime.jpg

Loracus Prime's handbook entry

Loracus Prime was the prime planet in the Loracus system. This system was located in the Gagarin Radiation Belt. The planet's atmosphere contained purple and pink clouds of gas and it was known to have over 5,000 subspecies of termites. Among those subspecies were the Loracus devil mite and the Spitting termite. The planet was crucial for the development of Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planetary Development. (ENT: "Strange New World")

The Star Trek: Star Charts, on page 60, falsely states the planet explored in "Strange New World" to be Loracus Prime, which actually is a misinterpretation. More so, the planet was later identified as Archer IV.
Elizabeth Cutler's prop book about Loracus Prime insects is an Eyewitness Handbook, a series of field guides published by Dorling Kindersley on a variety of natural subjects. When the episode aired, many viewers thought that Cutler said "Arrakis Prime", in reference to the Dune Chronicles, but pictures of the prop book have subsequently become available that disprove this theory.

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