Sea Fan Coral of Anguilla
(1996 Stamp Issue)
With the great emphasis being placed on the conservation of the
Marine Environment in recent years by many countries and international
agencies, the Anguilla Philtatelic Bureau rose to the occasion
and produced a set of three postage stamps for 1996
in commemoration of the Global
Marine Protection and Conservation effort.
The coral reefs of Anguilla support a myriad of fish life, many
of which are important food sources and a traditional contributor
to the island's economy.
The species of coral chosen for this issue of stamps is of the
"Gorgonian Soft Coral Family", commonly known as the
Gorgonians have a flexible skeletal structure which sways with the
water currents. They are flower-like in appearance and unlike hard
corals which have individual stomachs, Gorgonians share a common
digestive system and any food caught by an individual feeds the
Common Sea Fan
The common "Sea Fan" (Gorgonia Ventalina) depicted on the $0.80
denomination has a flat compressed surface. Colonies may grow up
to 5 feet tall. The "Sea Fan" has been used traditionally by housewives
as a sieve for sifting cornmeal, cassava and other grain.
Venus Sea Fan
The "Venus Sea Fan" (Gorgonia Flabellum) depicted on the $5.00
stamp adapts to fac the water currents and so it is able to trap a
greater number of food organisms. The color varies depending on
it's locality. It may grow to a maximum of 3 feet.
Deep Water Gorgonia
The $0.20 stamp in this set shows the "Deep Water Gorgonia" (Iciligorgia
Schrammi). It is found at levels deeper than 50 feet. Unlike it's other
two relatives, the "Deep Water Gorgonia" has a more defined skeletal
structure. The color may vary from red to brown.
The "Corals" issue, as well as other stamps,
may be purchased at the post office in Anguilla (click the
picture for a larger view) or over the Net.
Reason for Issue: To promote the conservation of the island's fragile corals.
|Values: .20, .80 and 5.00||Designer: Michelle Lavelette
|Printer: COT Printery Ltd. of Barbados||Process: Lithorgraphy
|Stamp Size: 30.56mm X 38mm||Pane: 50 (2 x 25)
|Paper: Harrison's and Sons Stamp paper
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