Skiano are generally 2 to 2.5 metres tall, bipedal, with four eyes situated bird-like on both sides of a head shaped like the prow of a ship. Breathing is through blowholes in the top of the head, a trait left over from an amphibian past. Hands have long, suction-cupped fingers. Their legs are bird-like, with webbed toes.

The deal is everythin in a Skiano mind. Even relationships between sexes are weighed on a quid-pro-quo basis. Adolescent Skiano negotiate with parents and peers for nearly all their needs. They have embraced trading to a degree that "government" is a foreign concept. Patrons of the Hipnek and the Kennn.

Sources: Contacting Aliens, an Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe,