|Stamp Name||Sp.465 Taiwanese Crabs Postage Stamps (Issue of 2004)|
|Stamp Cat Standard||Special Stamps|
|Dimension of stamps(mm.)|
|Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)|
|Printer||China Color Printing Co., Ltd.|
|Sheet composition||20 (5 × 4)<br>|
|Process||Deep etch offset|
|Paper||Phosphorescent stamp paper<br>|
|Perforation||11 1/2 x 11|
To help the public gain a deeper understanding
about crab species and to promote conservation
of their natural habitat, Chunghwa Post is issuing
a set of four stamps featuring fiddler crabs, which
live in estuary mud flats, entitled Taiwanese Crabs
Postage Stmaps (Issue of 2004.)
Fiddler crabs are representative of the crabs inhabiting tropical and subtropical seashore mud flats. Currently, around 80 species have been identified globally, among which 10 are found in
The designs of the stamps follow:
(1) Formosan Fiddler Crab (Uca formosensis) (NT$3.50)—Burrow Construction: Largely dark brown in color, the male Formosan Fiddler Crab’s enlarged fiddler claw resembles a pair of white scissors. It is the only endemic species in
(2) Yellow-clawed Fiddler Crab (Uca borealis) (NT$3.50) —Male Combat: Over 90% of the males are right “clawed.” The males often fight over their territories or females. During these fierce battles, both crabs will pinch each other with their fiddles, and sometimes one of them will even throw the other into the air.
(3) Orange-clawed Fiddler Crab (Uca arcuata) (NT$5)—Plugging up the Burrow: Orange-clawed Fiddler Crab is nicknamed the “net pattern fiddler” in Chinese because it has a net pattern on its shell. It is one of the most common fiddler crabs in
(4) White Fiddler Crab (Uca lacteal) (NT$25)—Foraging in Mud Flats: When frightened, its coloration will rapidly change from pure white to dark gray. White Fiddler Crab feeds on organic matter in mud or sand. It uses its smaller claw to scoop up mud or sand and then pass it to its mouth. After the nutrients are removed, it then redeposits onto the ground the non-edible matter, which is usually mistaken for feces.
(1) First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece.
(2) Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece.
(3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece.
(4) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece.
(5) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$5.50 apiece.
(6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$39.00 apiece.