South African Postal Stamps

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I know very few of us use postal stamps these days, especially me, but I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the Post Office today and saw these stamps....

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Palette Surgeon (Paracanthurus hepatus) - 5c
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[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Acanthuridae and to the subfamily of surgeonfish. Widely distributed in tropical and subtropical seas, they occur from KwaZulu-Natal to the central Pacific and are generally found on reefs in clear water. They reach a length of up to 26 cm.


[/FONT] [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Blue-banded surgeon (Acanthurus lineatus) - 10c[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Acanthuridae and to the subfamily of surgeonfish. Occurs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, south to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. They are territorial and very aggressive and live at the outer edge of reefs exposed to wave action. Their long caudal spine is venomous. They grow to a length of 38 cm.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Royal angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus) - 20c[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]The royal angelfish belongs to the family Pomacanthidae and to the subspecies of angelfish. This vividly coloured species is widespread in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean, south to Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. They are usually seen swimming from one coral crevice to another. Grow to about 25 cm.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) - 30c[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Pomacanthidae and the subfamily of angelfish. They occur in the outer reefs of live coral in the Indo-West Pacific, south to KwaZulu-Natal. Juveniles occasionally reach East London. They grow to about 40 cm.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Blackbar triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) - 40c[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Balistidae and the subfamily of triggerfish. Common in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean, south to Algoa Bay, they are usually found in quiet waters of lagoon sandy areas and parts of seaward reefs. They grow to a length of about 30 cm.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Coral rock cod (Cephalopholis miniata) - 50c[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Serrandidae and the subfamily of rock cods and sea basses. This is a coral reef species which range from the Red Sea to KwaZulu-Natal, and east to the western Pacific. They attain a length of about 40 cm.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Powder blue surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon) - 60c
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Achanthudiae and the subfamily of surgeonfish. Occurs from Sodwana Bay on the eastern KwaZulu-Natal coast to Indonesia. An in-shore species sometimes seen in large aggregations. They grow to about 23 cm.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Threadfin butterfly fish (Chaetodon auriga) - 70c [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Chaetodontiodae and the subfamily of butterfly fish. Occurs in the tropical Indo-Pacific seas from South Africa and the Red Sea to the Hawaiian Islands and Australia; its habitat extends south on the South African coast to Mossel Bay.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Longhorn cowfish (Lactoria cornuta) - 80c[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Ostraciidae and to the subfamily of "boxfish". A beautiful fish with colours varying from green and olive to orange with blue spots. Occurs in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean, frequently thrown ashore westward to beyond Mossel Bay. They grow to about 46 cm.


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Longnose butterfly fish (Forcipiger flavissimus) - 90c.[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Chaetoddontidae and to the subfamily of butterfly fish. Most widely distributed species of butterfly fish, extending from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal to the Red Sea, across the Indian and tropical Pacific Oceans to Easter Island and Baja, California. They reach a length of about 16 cm


[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Coral beauty (Centropyge bispinosus) - R1[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Belongs to the family Serrandiae and the subfamily of rock cods and sea bass. They occur in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean, south to Sodwana Bay along the eastern KwaZulu-Natal coast, but are rare in Southern African waters.[/FONT]
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yip, that is very nice, just to badwe don't get all that fish hear in s.a's water.
 

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Postal stamps

Hey Viper,
It looks like the postal services have stolen your avatar,or did you steal it from them?:thumbup:
 

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Very cool, so is this the stock available off our shores ?

I have to do a road trip for some fish.
 

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i collected some when i was little , my grandfather passed them all on to me, if you want to swop some stamp for frags viper , i'm just a pm away:whistling:
 

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