Saturday, February 11, 2012

Endemic frogs from Philippine

On the 15th of December 2011 Philippine Postal administration has issued a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet picturing frogs. All stamps picture frogs or toads that are endemic to Philippine. 
The stamps have been issued in the form of mini sheet as shown below. On all stamps are inscribed the scientific and common names of the species.

The four species pictured on these stamps are:

- the Philippine Spiny Cinamon Frog (Nyctixatus spinosus)  also called Spiny Tree Frog
- the Philippine Pygmy Forest Frog (Platymantis pygmaeus ). 
On the internet I found two possible scientific names: pygmaeus or pygmaea. I don’t know which one is correct
- the Philippine Flat-headed Frog (Barbourula busuangensis)
- the Luzon Limestone Forest Frog (Platymantis biak)

The souvenir sheet contains four other stamps:
- the Gliding Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis) also called Harlequin Tree Frog
- the Northern Luzon Tree-Hole Frog (Kaloula kalingensis)  also called the  Kalinga Narrow mouth Toad
- Taylor’s Igorot Frog (Sanguirana igorota) 
- Mary Inger’s Wart Frog (Ingerama mariae) 
The souvenir sheet also contains  a lable picturing the Luzon Fanged Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus).

Here are the official FDCs of this issue.

These covers picture again different species: the Philippine Horned Toad (Megophrys stejnegeri)  and the Lumad Spadefoot Toad (Leptobrachium lumadorum)

I bought these stamps on Ebay and I was very happy when I got them because the seller used those stamps on the registered cover to send me the items. Here is the cover I received.  

Nice, isn’t it?


Kah-Wai Lin said...

Nice one!

Adrian said...

Are they that colourful in real life? That's quite fascinating! Still don't know what you see in them though. They would give me nightmares if I look at them for too long.Big slimey things jumping up on your face and what have you. Brrr.

Helix Philately said...

this is the first time i see frog stamps. thank you for sharing this nice set of frog stamps!