Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Taiwan Coral-Reef Fish FDC

Taiwan FDC
Name: Taiwan Coral-Reef Fish (Issue of 2007)
Issue date: 2007 July 27th

This Post released Taiwan Coral-Reef Fish Postage Stamps (Issue of 2006) in July 2006. Now it is issuing another set of four postage stamps on this subject, planned by Dr. Shao, Kwang-Tsao of the Academia Sinica, featuring the fire goby, clown triggerfish, blue tang and bicolor parrotfish. Two stamps will have denominations of NT$5.00, a third a denomination of NT$12, and the remaining stamp a denomination of NT$25.00. The designs of the stamps follow:

(1) Nemateleotris magnifica ($5.00): Commonly known as the fire goby, it is a tiny fish with a yellow to pinkish-white body that turns red-orange at its tail. Its long first dorsal fin makes it appear to be carrying an antenna. It is a popular aquarium fish.

(2) Balistoides conspicillum ($5.00): A juvenile fish has a yellow snout, big round white spots on its body, and a patch of small yellow spots under its first dorsal fin. An adult fish only has these white spots on the lower half of its body. It has a yellow snout and a light blue band below its eyes, and its skin is very tough. When in danger, its first dorsal spine will be locked upright by its second dorsal spine. Because the mechanism is similar to the trigger of a gun, the fish is also called clown triggerfish.

(3) Paracanthurus hepatus ($12.00): Commonly known as the blue tang, it has a royal blue body. Its yellow caudal fin has a black stripe along the margin. The blue tang has one or more sharp blades on each side of the caudal peduncle, which it sticks out in self-defense when in danger. It has small ctenoid scales, which give its skin a sandpapery feel. Therefore, it is also called the "rough skin surgeonfish" in Chinese.

(4) Cetoscarus bicolor ($25.00): Commonly known as the bicolor parrotfish, it is a large fish. Males of this species have vivid coloration. Juveniles have white bodies and heads that are, apart from their snouts, entirely orange-red. When they grow to 5 to 8 centimeters long, they gradually turn gray, and their bellies become covered with black and white scales. As they enter what is called the initial phase, they may become females or males that have the beginnings of the adult male coloration. This coloration is different from that of supermales in the final phase.

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