Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Taiwan Seashells (III) FDC

Taiwan FDC
Name: Seashells of Taiwan (3rd Series)
Date of Issue: 26 February 2008
Number: Sp.529

Strombus sinuatus (紫袖鳳凰螺)
Spindle-shaped, the shell has tawny or reddish brown stripes and a purple red aperture. There are big nodules on its backside. Its aperture is narrow and its outer lip flares widely. The rim of the adult shell’s outer lip is thick with finger-like projections on the posterior edge.

NT$5.00: Royal Paper Bubble Hydatina amplustre (玫瑰泡螺)
This ball-shaped shell is light and thin like a bubble. It is covered with rosy pink and white bands, though some of the shells also have black bands. This beautiful glossy shell has a very small spire.

NT$12.00: Black-striped Triton Cymatium hepaticum (金色美法螺)
This spindle-shaped shell is covered with orange yellow and dark brown stripes and some occasional white speckles. The surface of the shell is very sculptured. The rim of its aperture is orange with white teeth.

NT$12.00: Episcopal Miter Shell Mitra mitra (錦鯉筆螺)
With a white shell that is oblong-shaped (resembling the writing end of a Chinese calligraphic brush) and covered with either red or yellow spots, it reminds people of a koi. There are more red-spotted ones than yellow spotted ones. It has a narrow aperture and a very short siphonal canal.

2007 Seashells of Taiwan FDC (1st Series)
2008 Seashells of Taiwan FDC (2nd Series)
2009 Seashells of Taiwan FDC (3rd Series)

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