Isnin, 13 Disember 2010
Seashells of Malaysia Stamps
seashells are the hard protective layer of a marine animal, typically that of marine invertebrates. Seashells are commonly attributed to marine molluscs which has various sub-categories such as gastropods (e.g. snails), bivalves (e.g. clams) and chitons.
Seashells are commonly found deposited along the sea shore by waves and tides. Only the shells are washed up onto the beach empty and clean, the animal already having died and rotted away or have been eaten b predators or scavengers. Seashells come in a variety of shape, sizes and colours depending on the species. The presence of a particular species in the area is usually indicative of the water quality and hydrology.
Collecting empty seashells b beachcombers is a harmless hobby but the majority of seashells are collected alive and in bulk for commercial trade and this exploitation causes negative impact on the rarer species.
This species is typically found on sandy banks, inside barrier reefs. During the day, they burrow down into the sand and at dusk move out to hunt.
Burnt Murex (Chicoreus brunneus) - 30 sen
Normally found in coral reef areas in Malaysian waters and well-known for its beautiful spines. It is a carnivore which feeds on bivalves.
Frog Shell (Tutufa rubeta) - 50 sen
This species usually hides among shallow reefs or rocks using its rock-like shell as a great camouflage.
Triton's Trumpet (Charonia tritonis) - 50 sen
This species feeds on starfish. Traditionally, it is used as a trumpet by natives of other cultures.
Venus Comb Murex (Murex pecten) - RM2
This species is normally found on sandy sea beds. It has more than 100 spines which protect it from predators and also prevent it from sinking into the soft sandy sea bed.
Date of Issue : 11th November 2008
Stamp Value : 30 sen (2 designs) & 50 sen (2 designs)
Sheet Content : 20 Stamps
First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen
Miniature Sheet : RM2
Miniature Sheet Size : 90mm x 60mm
Stamp in M/S Size : 60mm x 40mm
Presentation Pack : RM4
Folder Value : RM 5.50
Perforation : 14
Paper : Watermarked SPM, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
Printer : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn. Bhd.
Designer : Hazel Design
Posted by Ainul Mardziah at 3:57 PTG