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2010, December 17.  Philippine Marine Biodiversity - Definitives 

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100  (10 x 10)




     7p  -  True Clownfish - Singles (14,670,000)

   35p  -  Giant Moray Eel - Singles  (1,670,000)


Source:  Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Dr. Terence Gosliner


First Day Covers:  Manila


True Clownfish (Amphiprion Percula). Also known as the Clown Anemonefish. In the wild, this member of the Pomacentridae family grows to about 4-1/2 inches; however, captive specimens rarely exceed 3-1/2 inches in length. The True Percula Clownfish is the fish most people picture when they imagine a marine aquarium. With their bright orange body color, divided by bands of elegant white outlined in black, Amphiprion percula is the essence of beauty. However, it is the famous symbiotic relationship the True Percula Clownfish has with various anemones that truly captures the imagination of most aquarists. (

Giant Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Javanicus). A giant moray eel is a feared predator, known for its fearsome diseased bite. It appears as an 8-foot long eel with mottled brown leathery skin, with lighter brown or yellow spots on its dorsal area. It has pronounced incisor teeth. A giant moray eel will conceal itself in a reef, seaweed, or underneath stones. When its prey passes by, it lunges out, biting its prey and striking with blinding speed. It will attack almost anything that passes near it, regardless of the size of the prey. The eel will only use its tail lash on a foe trapped in its jaws or on a foe attempting to flank it.  Improved Grab: To use this ability, a giant moray eel must hit a foe with its bite attack. If it gets a hold, it tears the flesh. Tear: A giant moray eel automatically hits a held opponent with all its melee attacks each round it maintains the hold. Disease: The bite inflicts its foe with a disease akin to mummy rot. Immunities: Giant moray eels are immune to all forms of fear and disease. Skills: Giant Moray eels gain a +4 racial bonus to Hide, Listen and Spot checks. Feats: The Giant Moray Eel gains Weapon Finesse (bite) as a bonus feat. (



  • Marine Biodiversity

  • Marine Life


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak



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