Orbits orange dwarf star Kthsemenee. Kithrup had been designated fallow and untouchable by the Institute of Migration? for the past 100 million years.

The last planetary survey was 400 million years ago when the planet was put on reserve for the retirement and recovery of the Karrank%. Many of it's lifeforms have metals incorporated into their bodies, rather than calcium like Earthlings, and shine with bright colors.

Metal mounds dominates an area of Kithrup near tectonic plates, and are composed of millions of metalo-organic exoskeletons piled on top of each other. The metal mound system is the larval stage of the Karrank%. Inhabited by Karrank% and as well as by the Kiqui.

Sources: Contacting Aliens, An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe, Startide Rising