Friday, February 06, 2009

Frog stamp from Bosnia Herzegovina!

Thanks to a comment put on my blog and several emails that I received, I recently discovered that Bosnia Herzegovina has issued a stamp last year picturing a frog. Here it is.

It is a part of set of two stamps issued on the 1st of July 2008 (I think). The second stamp pictures water lilies. Those stamps have been issued in the form of sheet of 9 stamps with a label. Here is a picture of both sheets.

The frog that is pictured on the stamp is a Rana esculanta commonly known as the edible frog! In fact Rana esculenta is the old scientific name that was given by Carl von Linné in 1758, but the new scientific name is Pelophylax kl. esculentus. (I have already shown a stamp from Netherlands picturing the same species of frog here).
This frog species takes its common name from the fact that it is used as food. It is in fact a hybrid between two other species: the Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae) and the Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibundus). When edible frogs mate with each other, their offspring are often malformed, so there are no “pure” populations of edible frogs. The hybrid populations are propagated by female edible frogs mating with males of one of the parental species.

1 comment:

Miloje Chastven said...

Just to inform You, that this year (2012) - Montenegro issued one "funny" design with "Nature Protection" where is pictured Frog - why funny? Because it is very poor design, near missing point!

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