Friday, February 26, 2016

Monaco 2016
National Species: The Brown Meagre

ISSUE DATE: 5 February 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 31.77 mm
ENGRAVING: Pierre Bara
STAMP DESIGN: François Guiol

Measuring between 30 and 40 cm, the brown meagre – Sciaena umbra – is a fish mainly active at night, but which can sometimes be found during the day around sea grass or rocky bottoms, or sheltering in caves or wide crevices. It swims in small shoals and hunts at night, feeding on small molluscs, crustaceans and other fish. The species is close to being endangered, and a 2013 decree banned fishing for brown meagre off the coast of the Provence-Alps-Côte d'Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon regions.

Stamp images and description thanks to:
OETP - Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste

OETP - Monaco Post