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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tokelau 2015
Crabs




There are ten recorded species of crab that live on the islands of Tokelau. All the land crabs are nocturnal scavengers and they come in an array of shapes and sizes, with the ugauga (Birgus latro) being the largest living arthropod on Earth. Each stamp in this collectable issue includes the Tokelauan word for the crab as well as the scientific name.

45c - Ugauga (Birgus latro)

Also known as the coconut crab, this enormous crab is so adjusted to living on land that it can drown when placed in water. The ugauga’s claws are powerful enough to crack open a coconut and if no coconuts are readily available on the ground, it will climb a coconut tree and clip them down.

$1.40 - Tupa (Cardisoma sp.)
The tupa are a species of terrestrial crab that are nocturnal scavengers and tend to live in burrows. Like most crabs, they display dimorphism in their claws, with one claw being much larger than the other.

$2.00 - Kaviki (Ocypode sp.)
Ocypodes are a type of ghost crab, named for their nocturnal nature and pale appearance. Ocypode means ‘swift-footed’, with this species of crab being very active. It’s known to dash from its burrow to the retreating shore to wet its gills, but would be in danger of drowning if fully submerged.

$3.00 - Kamakama (Grapsus sp.)
The kamakama is also known as the ‘red rock crab’ or ‘Sally Lightfoot’, named for its bright red appearance and agility respectively. The kamakama is considered fairly inedible to humans, so is more likely to be used as bait.


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ISSUE DATE: 3 June 2015
ISSUE WITHDRAWAL DATE: 2 June 2016
DENOMINATIONS: 45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00 
DESIGN (STAMP & FDC): New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
PRINTER: Collectables and Solutions Centre,
New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
PAPER: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
COLOURS: Four process colours
STAMP SIZE: 40mm x 30mm 
PERFORATIONS: 13.33
SHEET LAYOUT: 16



MINIATURE SHEET

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 6.85$




FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 7.35$







MINIATURE SHEET FIRST DAY COVER

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 7.35$


PLATE BLOCK

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 41.10$

VALUE BLOCKS

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 41.10$


STAMP SHEETS

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 41.10$