Malaysia Brunei Joint Issue - Unique Marine Life
The South China Sea surrounding East Malaysia and Brunei extend to great depths and contain life forms which are both fascinating and mysterious. From the beautiful coral fishes to the elusive deep-sea nautilus, these marine species descended from the ancient fish-like creatures of the Ordovician Period some 480 million years ago. A number of these fishes have evolved into weird and wonderful shapes and colours that they hardly look like fish. Among the unique and fascinating marine species found in the tropical waters of Sabah and Sarawak are the scorpion fish and the deep-dwelling nautilus.
Visit Malaysia Year 2007 is the occasion to rejoice and to share with the world the unique qualities and virtues that have contributed to the 50 years of Malaysia's nationhood, its achievements and attainment of peace and harmony.
In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007, Pos Malaysia in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia is proud to present the "Colours of Malaysia" stamp collection, featuring the unique cultural and natural assets of this country, the very essence of a "Truly Asia" nation.
Orange-striped Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus)
Orange-striped Triggerfish can be found in the warm parts of the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea. They live in areas of rich coral growth and on clear lagoon, channel or seaward reefs 2 to 50 metres in depth. This species is found in the coral reef areas of Brunei waters. Adults can reach a maximum length of 30 cm.
Male Orange-striped Triggerfish are territorial. Spawning behaviour involve loose aggregations and they builds their nest in channels. Eggs are laid in a single spongy cluster within rock crevices and dug-out shallow sand areas. The eggs are hatched at night.
The fish is a hunter and is predatory in nature, It feeds on algae, coral, sea urchins, crabs, mollusks, starfish, worm and sponges. The fish would seek shelter in coral crevices when threatened or when retiring for the night.
Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus)
The Scorpionfish us a small compressed fish with high and long dorsal fins. Measuring up to 10 centimetres in length, it may appear in a variety of colours including white, yellow, pink, green, brown of black. Normally encountered on reef front and along the external reef, it stands still with the dorsal fin lifted , rocking and mimicking a seaweed that is being moved by the sea currents. It is an ambush predator, often hiding amongst corals and gorgonians. Algae and hydroids can grow on its skin that change from time to time thus providing excellent camouflage.