Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Seashells of Malaysia Stamp

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.

Technical Details

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

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