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RP Issues of 2020











2020, December 18.  "Save Our Shores, Save Our Ocean" Series I Definitive Issues

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

Singles, Sheets of 100



   1p  Hebrew cone (Conus ebraeus) - Singles

  5p  Black-striped or Liver triton (Septa hepatica) - Singles

12p  Banded trochus snail or Samong/simong (Rochia nilotica) - Singles

35p  Pontifical mitre or Sungkod-sungkod (Mitra stictica) - Singles



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“Save Our Shores, Save Our Ocean” – Series I (Definitive Issues)

To send the message on the importance of taking care of our natural resources and in the context of environmental and health crises caused by exploitation, PHLPost issues “Save Our Shores, Save Our Oceans”  with photographs provided by the National Museum of the Philippines and images of Philippine waters from FUNtastic Philippines, Inc.

Hebrew cone (Conus ebraeus).  Common name, the black-and-white cone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.  Conus ebraeus is (very) poisonous, and, the poison can kill you under all circumstances.  Common on shallow reefs and tidepools. 

Black-striped or Liver triton (Septa hepatica).  A species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cymatiidae.  Septa hepatica is a species of predatory sea snail in the family Cymatiidae. The shell is liver-colored with distinctive brown grooves.

Banded trochus snail or Samong/simong (Rochia nilotica).  Well suited for reef aquariums.  The Banded Trochus Snail is very peaceful, and, because of its shell shape, it is not easily eaten by crabs.  It does best in a well-established aquarium with ample hiding places and room to forage. It naturally feeds on algae, cyanobacteria, and diatoms amongst your live rock, substrate, and aquarium glass.  The Banded Trochus Snail normally has a black foot that is an off white/tan color on the underside of the foot. It boasts a pale gray, top or pyramid-shaped shell. Thanks to the maroon stripes or bands on its shell, the Banded Trochus Snail adds a unique flair to any marine system. 

Pontifical mitre or Sungkod-sungkod (Mitra stictica).  A species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mitridae, the mitres.   The length of an adult shell varies between 1.2 to 3.4 inches.  Common in sand at any depth. 

The Philippines has been acknowledged by marine biologists as one of less than twenty countries with mega-biodiversity. Despite the emphasis on its incomparable biodiversity, much can still be done to protect our natural resources. Laws exist to safeguard aquatic habitats from exploitative fishing practices but waters enclosed in Philippine territories are also at the mercy of pollution and climate change. The species featured herein represent only a small amount of what we stand to lose: our natural resources, coastal livelihoods and communities, and our country’s sustainable future.




  • Marine Life / Shells




Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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