Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A new toad stamp from Macedonia

I’m always pleased to see how many stamps picturing frogs and toads are issued every year (well my bank account is may be little less pleased ;-) ). One of the most recent issues is coming from the Republic of Macedonia. The stamp is a part of a set of three stamps and one souvenir sheet dedicated to Fauna of Macedonia and issued on 9th of September 2009 (FDC of this set would make interesting 09/09/09 covers…). This is the first time that the Republic of Macedonia issues a stamp picturing a frog or a toad (on the other hand Macedonia issues its own stamps since 1993 only…).
Let’s have a look to the set that I could get from an auctions website.
The first stamp is the one picturing a toad, an Eastern Spade foot toad (Pelobates syriacus balcanius, Karaman 1928).
This type of toad gets its common name from the fact that it has one spur on each of its back feet for burrowing..
The second stamp pictures an Orhid trout (Salmo letnica, Karaman 1924).

The Ohrid trout is a type of trout found in the Republic of Macedonia and Albania, especially in Lake Ohrid. They have also been found in the Black Drin River, that flows out of Lake Ohrid at Struga, in Macedonia. The Ohrid trout is a specialty in Macedonian gastronomy; it is used for soups and other dishes. The Ohrid trout is depicted on the reverse of the Macedonian 2 denars coin, issued in 1993.

The third stamp pictures Macedonian Stone crayfishes (Austropotamobius torrentium macedonicus, Karaman ,1929).

The last stamp pictures a Macedonian Crested Newt (Triturus macedonicus, Karaman 1922)

The stamps of the set are available individually but also in the form of mini sheets, as shown here with the toad stamp.

As you may have noticed, all the animals pictured on the stamp got they scientific name from Stanko Karaman who is the subject of the souvenir sheet.

Stanko Karaman (1889-1959) was a researcher on amphipods and isopods. In 1926 he founded the Macedonian Museum of Natural History in Skopje.
In the next post I will shiw you the cover used by the seller to send me these stamps : my first cover from Macedonia with not less than twelve stamps on it!

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