Monday, October 29, 2007

Frogs of Australia

As you know, I collect all stamps picturing a frog or a toad. But I have also extended my collection to aerogrammes, pre-stamped and pre-paid envelopes or cards. Therefore you can imagine my joy when I learned that Australia was going to issue such products picturing frogs. And I was even happier when I received my order made on the Australian post website.

A set of five aerogrammes has been issued on the 25th of September 2007. Here are the five items.

As you see they are very colourful and very nice. The five frogs that are pictured are :
- The Spotted Grass Frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis, Gunther 1858), that is one of the most common frog of Australia and that can be found in New South Wales and Victoria, eastern South Australia, the majority of Queensland and eastern Tasmania.
- The Red-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria chloris, Boulenger 1893), a species native to Eastern Australia. One very specific characteristics of this species is that its skin secretion has been found to destroy the HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), without harming healthy T-cells
- The Great Barred Frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus, Gunther 1864) a rather large frog that can be found near running water
- The White-lipped Tree Frog (Litoria infrafrenata, Gunther 1867), also known as the Giant Tree Frog, that is the world's largest tree frog. This species is native to the rainforests of Northern Queensland, New Guinea, the Bismarck Islands and the Admiralty Islands. The White-lipped Tree Frog can reach a length of over 13 centimetres (5 inches). Females are larger than males, and the males usually reach only 10 centimetres (4 inches).The lower lip has a distinctive white stripe (giving this species its name) which continues to the shoulder.
- The Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea, Lesson 1827) that is native to eastern Australia, and which is also one of the largest frog of Australia
On top of those five aerogrammes, three pre-stamped envelopes have been issued. I show you here only the stamp area.

The species that are pictured are :
- the Corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree, Moore 1953), that takes it names from its yellow strips that look like the paintings that are worn by Indigenous Australians during some traditional ceremonies (Corroboree is an indigenous Australian word meaning meeting)
- Lesueur’s frog (Litoria lesueuri, Dumeril & Bibron 1841)
- Western spotted frog (Heleioporus albopunctatus, Gray 1841)

Australia is a country where you can find more than 200 endemic species. This is surely why Australia is the country that has issued the highest number of stamps picturing frogs (see my website for further information).
If you are interested in frogs I found a very nice website describing all the species that can be found in Australia.

I have an extra copy of those aerogrammes and envelopes, so if you are a frog collector and if you are interested by these items, drop me a mail.

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