May 13. Philippine Marine Biodiversity - Definitives
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13.5
7p, Singles, Sheets
of 100 (10 x 10); 100p, Singles, Sheets of 50 (5 x
Lionfish - Singles
Bottlenose Dolphin - Singles (203,300)
A. Marfil (7p);
Graphic Artist: Jiomer E. Dacaymat
Design Coordinators: Victorino Z. Serevo; Elenita D.L.
Source: Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Dr. Terence
First Day Covers: Manila
The red lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a venomous coral reef fish in the family
It inhabits the Indian and western Pacific Oceans.
Adults can grow as large as 17 inches (43 cm) in length while
juveniles may be shorter than 1 inch (2.5 cm). It has fleshy
tentacles which protrude from both above the eyes and below the
mouth. The pectoral fin is present in a distinctive fan-like shape,
and dorsal spines are long and separated. Every spine of the
lionfish is venomous, and while no fatalities due to lionfish stings
have been reported, their venom extremely painful.
The Red Lionfish eat live prey and do not eat fish flakes and
other processed food.
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus),
are the most common and well-known members of the family
Delphinidae, the family of oceanic dolphins.
Bottlenose dolphins live in groups typically of 10-30
members, called pods, but group size varies from single individuals
up to more than 1,000. Their diet consists mainly of forage fish.
Dolphins often work as a team to harvest fish schools, but they also
hunt individually. Dolphins search for prey primarily using
echolocation, which is similar to sonar. They emit clicking sounds
and listen for the return echo to determine the location and shape
of nearby items, including potential prey. Bottlenose dolphins also
use sound for communication, including squeaks and whistles emitted
from the blowhole and sounds emitted through body language, such as
leaping from the water and slapping their tails on the water