Monday, January 5, 2009

Marshall Islands (2002)

Date of issue: August 2nd, 2002
Number of arachnid stamps in issue: 4/20

At first look, this is a gorgeous series. The art work is beautiful, but unfortunately, they did not pay much attention as to how those spiders live. The webbing on the Latrodectus mactans stamp is not typical of this genus, the Argiope aurantia and the Gasteracantha cancriformis (Linnaeus, 1758) should have a very distinct webbing and yet they are just floating out there and last but certainly not least, they gave the Salticidae a very nice and wide webbing!

The stamps do not show any species names, but interestingly, this series is the exact copy of the famous United States 1999 "Insects & Spiders" series. If you look carefully, every species shown on every stamps are the same and appear in the exact same order. Of course, the artwork is totally different.

The salticidae stamp is listed as Phiddipus audax in the Michel catalog, but since it is really obvious these stamps are copied on the US issue, I decided to label it as the US issue, Habronattus americanus.

Michel #: 1645
Scott #: 808a
Yvert #: 1583
order: Araneae
family: Theridiidae
Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius, 1775)


Michel #: 1648
Scott #: 808d
Yvert #: 1586
order: Araneae
family: Araneidae
Argiope aurantia Lucas, 1833

Michel #: 1661
Scott #: 808q
Yvert #: 1599
order: Araneae
family: Araneidae
Gasteracantha cancriformis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Michel #: 1664
Scott #: 808t
Yvert #: 1602
order: Araneae
family: Salticidae
Habronattus americanus (Keyserling, 1885)

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