Sentient organism from the Delta Quadrant. Cytoplasmic life has multiple neocortices in the form of a
series of nodes clustered along the primary nerve. They use these nodes to control their starshps through the use of biochemical secretions.
When injured, cytoplasmic life-forms can attach themselves to another life-form to supplement their damaged systems, like a life preserver.
Federation scientists aboard Voyager found cytoplasmic life to be extremely unusual and were unable to communicate with an individual of
that species, even with the aid of a universal translator.
VOY "Nothing Human" ; Star Trek Encyclopedia III