May 21. Philippine Marine Biodiversity - Definitives
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13.5
of 100 (10 x 10)
Coral Beauty - Singles (1,531,600)
17p - Bigfin
- Singles (291,600)
24p - Branching
Anemone - Singles (868,300)
L. Mercado (9p, 17p); Corazon T. Loza (24p)
Graphic Artist: Earvin L. Ayes
Design Coordinators: Victorino Z. Serevo; Elenita D.L.
Source: Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Dr. Terence
First Day Covers: Manila
9p Coral Beauty Angel
Also known as Twospined Angelfish,
Coral Beauty Pygmy Angel or Dusky Angel, the Coral Beauty Angel is a
hardy saltwater angelfish, one of the most common saltwater
It can range from a body color of deep
blue/purple color with faint black lines to a light yellow or orange
with blue or purple on the rear dorsal fin and tail.
The Coral Beauty Angelfish is a
favorite Dwarf or Pygmy Angelfish species for aquariums due to its
brilliant colors, hardiness, low price and ready availability. This
fish is normally not as aggressive as many other Angelfishes, but
some individual specimens may be territorial in smaller aquariums,
particularly if they have been in the tank for a while.
17p Bigfin reef squid
A species of squid found in the
Pacific Ocean. It is a warm water-dwelling squid found in temperate
and tropical regions. This species has been found to survive in
various locations, including the Hawaiian Islands and Red Sea. They
tend to remain close to the shoreline and are extremely sensitive to
chemical changes in the water.
The bigfin reef squid eats a variety
of different marine organisms. The squid's ten equally-long
tentacles are used to capture prey. This species can eat up to 30%
of their body weight per day. It reaches full maturity at around
five months after birth. Males often compete with one another for
dominance. When a pregnant female lays eggs, she attaches them to
rocks, aquatic plants, and other surfaces. The eggs are laid in
24p Branching anemone
Large anemone (diameter 30 cm) with
large, robust tentacles, densely covered with clusters of vesicles.
Grey or greenish color. It lives on sandy bottoms, in lagoon or in
bay. Expanded during the day. Like all the Actinodendron species
can inflict very painful stings. It can expell the water that keeps
it erect and disappear into the sand in less than 1 second.