Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Benin (2003)

Date of issue: 2003
Number of arachnid related stamps in issue: 0/11 (souvenir sheet)

I was extremely excited when I had discovered this issue. It was the first time I had found one showing an arachnid of the Thelyphonida order (often called uropygid, or vinegaroon). Of course, it was too good to be true as it is a false issue. Would have been odd for an African country to issue a souvenir sheet showing a scenery of the American South-West (you can clearly see a Gila Monster). Because of the setting, I presume the arachnid shown is a Mastigoproctus giganteus.

Michel #: none - Cinderella
category: souvenir sheet only

Close-up of the uropygid

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