Wednesday, August 26, 2009

An awesome Malaysian cover!

Here is another awesome cover from Perak, Malaysia! Many thanks to Khor Kok Keong!

The 2 lovely stamps franked on this cover are from the first Joint Stamp Issue between Pos Malaysia and Brunei Postal Services Department, entitled "Unique Marine Life". It is interesting to note that the stamps are actually marked 2006 but were issued on 6th February 2007 due to the postponement of the issue date.

The left stamp depicts a Orangestriped Triggerfish. These fishes can be found in the warm parts of the Indo-Pacific Ocean and Red Sea. They live in areas of rich coral growth and on clear lagoon, channel or seaward reefs 2 to 50 meters in depth. This species is found present in coral reef areas of the Brunei Darussalam's offshore waters. Adults can reach maximum of 30 cm in length.
The right stamp features a Leaf Scorpionfish. The Scorpion fish is a small compressed fish, with high and long dorsal fins. Measuring up to 10 centimeters, it may appear in a variety of colors including white, yellow, pink, green, brown or 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 providing excellent camouflage.

In addition a miniature sheet (shown below) depicting a Chambered Nautilus and a Spotted Boxfish was issued as part of this beautiful set. Don't they look absolutely gorgeous?



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