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Technical Details

Date of Issue : 6th February 2007

Stamp Value :  50 sen x 2

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

Sheet Content : 20 Stamps

Miniature Sheet : RM1 x 2

First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen

Perforation 14

Paper Watermarked SPM, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process Lithography

Printer : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn. Bhd.

Designer : Reign Associates

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.

 

STAMPS

MNH Set of Stamps 2v

Price - USD1.10

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.

 

FULL SHEETS STAMPS

(20v x 2 Full Sheets)

Malaysia Brunei Joint Issue - Unique Marine Life  Malaysia Brunei Joint Issue - Unique Marine Life

Price - USD15.90

 

MINIATURE SHEET

Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)

Having survived relatively unchanged for millions of years, nautiliuses represent the only living members of the subclass  Nautiloidea, and are often considered to be the "living fossils". The nautilius is similar to other cephalopods (such as cuttlefish), with a prominent head and tentacles. Nautilius pompilius is the largest species in the genus. While some nautilius may grow up to 268 mm in diameter, the majority of them never exceed 20 cm.

Natililius spends daylight hours in very deep water up to 400 metres slowly ascending to 200 metres after sunset.

Spotted Boxfish (Ostracion meleagris)

The Spotted Boxfish has a widespread distribution in the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific areas, It is one of the many colourful coral reef fishes found in Brunei waters. They can be found around calm shallow waters near coral reef areas.

The fish exhibits "sexual dichromatism" whereby the sexes are of different colours. The female is brownish and densely covered with white spots. The male is more colourful with dark blue sides blotched with brilliant yellow spots and marking. The dorsal area is black with white spots. The head and tail are trimmed in golden colour. The fish grows to about 10 to 20 cm in length.

They are territorial and live in small groups, typically one male to several females. The are omnivorous and forage alone within their home ranges for sponges, worms, tunicates and other small bottom-dwelling invertabrates. The male defend their territories against other males.

Malaysia Brunei Joint Issue - Unique Marine Life - Miniature Sheet

Price - USD1.30

 
 

First Day Cover

2 Covers (Stamps & M/S)

Price USD2.50

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FOLDER

Malaysia Brunei Joint Issue - Unique Marine Life - Folder

Price USD5.90


South Pole Expedition

Visit Malaysia Year 2007

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