Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Abkhazia* (1999a)

Date of issue: 1999
Name of issue: Rainforest
Number of arachnid related stamps in issue: 1/9

*Abkhazia is a disputed territory. The majority of the world's governments consider Abkhazia a part of Georgia's territory . Therefore, their stamps are not valid for international postage.

The stamp in the lower left part of the sheet contains a scorpion, a spider and also a centipede. The funniest thing happened the other day. I brought my kids to their daycare and I discovered that they have that poster on one of the walls. Interestingly, all the animals are "identified" on the poster, so I am now able to pinpoint what is what!

The scorpion is labeled as Pandinus imperator, the spider as Avicularia avicularia and the centipede as Scolopendra gigantea. It is kind of funny since P. imperator is from Africa and the later two from South America.

Michel#: none

order: Araneae
family: Theraphosidae
Avicularia avicularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

order: Scorpiones
family: Scorpionidae
Pandinus imperator (C. L. Koch, 1841)

Souvenir sheet:

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