Starfish as the greatest representative of Marine Life. 4 colorful stamps introduced by Chunghwa Post

January 21st, 2017

So as to foster an appreciation for marine life among ROC citizens and to draw attention to the marine environment, Chunghwa Post has released a bright set of four stamps. Each item depicts a colorful and beautiful starfish.

FindYourStampsValue.com invites our readers to appreciate the designs of each item and get acquainted with their detailed description in this philatelic release.

Fromia monilis (NT$5) stamp: This starfish’s central body and the tips of its arms are bright red or orange. The plates on its body’s surface form a mesh-like pattern. The individually distinguishable gills on its back are a characteristic feature. These starfish can sometimes be seen along the coasts of Hengchun, Penghu and Taiwan’s northeast.

Culcita novaeguineae (NT$5) stamp: A large starfish has abbreviated arms and a body shaped like a flattened ball. The green ones are more common. It is a common starfish in all of Taiwan’s coral reefs.

Acanthaster planci (NT$5) stamp: A large starfish that feeds on stony coral polyps, it is known as a “coral killer.” Its arms are covered with venomous thorn-like spines. Its body is largely blue-gray, whereas the area around its gills is bright red. It can be found in the waters of all of Taiwan’s coral reefs and outer islands.

4.Linckia laevigata (NT5) stamp: The most common large starfish in Taiwan’s waters, it is largely blue, with arms that greatly resemble fingers ‒ hence its Chinese common name of “the blue-finger starfish.” It is common in the waters of Taiwan’s coral reefs and outer islands.