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2019, November 20.  Philippine Shrimps

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14, Die-Cut

Souvenir Sheets of 5




125p  Philippine Shrimps - Souvenir Sheets of Five (4,000)

    25p - Brilliant Red Carid

    25p - Domino Shrimp

    25p - Mino Nylon Shrimp

    25p - Rock Shrimp

    25p - Narwal Soldier Shrimp

Designer:  Victorino Z. Serevo


First Day Covers:  Manila





Shrimps are detritivores - living things which consume decomposing animal and plant material. They are invertebrates with exoskeletons which encase their bodies for protection and structure. These shellfish live at different depths of the ocean, and some deep sea shrimp live at depths upwards of 5,000 meters.  The shrimps of the Philippines in this issue fall under the order Decapoda. Decapods are crustaceans with ten legs:  

Brilliant Red Carid (AcanthephyraarmataA. Milne Edwards, 1881).  Known for their intensely hued red carapace. This species is typically benthic, occurring along the continental slope and especially, in insular slopes.  Females were more abundant and larger than males. This species is exclusive of deep water. 

Domino Shrimp (Parapenaeussextuberculatus Kubo, 1949).  Characterized by their bright orange spots on their mostly white body. Their pleopods (swimmerets / swimming legs) are marked by a bright spot on the near middle of each appendage.

Mino Nylon Shrimp (Heterocarpussibogae de Man, 1917).  This species of shrimp belongs to the Pandalidae family, and when threatened it spews out blueish white luminescent liquid. Its Japanese name Akamonminoebi comes from the large red spot on the side of its abdomen. They are collected from a depth of around 500m with baskets

Rock Shrimp  (Sicyoniaparajaponica Crosnier, 2003).  Harder shelled than other shrimps.  It can be identified for the small darker spots on the dorsal half of its body.  Earlier records of deep sea rock shrimp Sicyonia parajaponica are from off Chennai, northern part of southeast coast and off Kollam, southwest coast of India. It occurred at a depth of 310 m. It has been reported from Gulf of Aden, Phuket in the Andaman Sea, the Philippines, Australia, China and Taiwan. Keywords Sicyonia parajaponica; Sicyoniidae; Thoothukudi coast; Gulf of Mannar.

Narwhal Soldier Shrimp  (Plesionikanarval Fabricius, 1787).  Acknowledged by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a species of interest to fisheries.  This species usually occurs in great abundance and is easily captured in bottom trawls and traps.





  •   Crustaceans / Shrimps





Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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