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RP Issues of 2008





2008, December 19.  Philippine Crabs (Newly Discovered)

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14.

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of 16  (4 x 4);  Souvenir Sheets of 2



Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (25,000)


   7p   Goneplacid Crab

   7p   Largo's Spider Crab

   7p   Fuzzy Sponge Crab

   7p   Daniele's Deepwater Porter Crab


Miniature Sheets of 16  (6,250)


Souvenir Sheets of 2  (6,500) (Priced at P50 each)

    20p   Stimpson's Intricate  Spider Crab

    20p   Spider Crab



Designer/Graphic Artist:  Corazon T. Loza

Design Coordinators:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak, Corazon T. Loza, Marivene Manuel-Santos, Nena de Guzman


Designs: Photos provided by the National Museum courtesy of the following:

  • Corazon S. Alvina - Director of National Museum

  • Dr. Peter K.L. Ng - Director, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore

  • Dr. Tim-Yam Chan, Professor, Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University

  • Virgilio S. Palpal-latoc, Curator Chief, Zoology Division, National Museum

  • Marivene Manuel-Santos, Curator-in-Charge, Carcinology Section and Senior Research, Zoology Division, National Museum


First Day Covers:  Manila






7p Goneplacid Crab (Carcinoplax nana) - This dark-fingered goneplacid crab  inhabits  rocks and boulders to depths of 30 to 70 meters in Balicasag Island. [Photo: P. K. L. Ng] 

7p Largo’s Spider Crab (Cyrtomaia largoi)  - This deep sea spider crab is characterised by many long sharp spines and long legs. This species was hauled out of the depths from over 400 meters. The species is named after the head of USC’s biology program, Dr Danilo Largo, and was described by Dr. Bertrand Richer de Forges, an expert on the genus, from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Nouméa, New Caledonia. [Photo: T. Y. Chan] 

7p Fuzzy Sponge Crab (Hirsutodynomene vespertilio) - It is easily the most diagnostic of the sponge crabs known due to its dense fur and unusual carapace features, hence its common name. The species was named by Professor Colin McLay of Canterbury University in New Zealand, an expert on the family.  [Photo: P. Ng]  

7p Daniele’s Deepwater Porter Crab (Dicranodromia danielae) - This belongs to a strange group of deep sea crabs whose members are rarely seen. It is one new species from Panglao. It is a small and peculiar species allied to a more common species from Japan. The species is named after Professor Daniele Guinot of the Paris Museum, who last revised this interesting family of crabs. [Photo: P. Ng]  

20p Stimpson’s Intricate Spider Crab (Oxypleurodon stimpsoni)  - This beautifully carved  spider crab usually inhabits muddy bottoms or broken shells from depths of 55 to 150 meters. This crab is named after Stimpson, a carcinologist. [Photo: P. K. L. Ng] 

20p Spider Crab (Cyrtomaia ericina) - This large  spider crab usually inhabits soft bottom environment to depths of 50 to 120 meters. [Photo: P. K. L. Ng]




  • Marine Life

  • Crustaceans


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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