Monday, June 6, 2016

Italy 2016
The Red Coral of Alghero

ISSUE DATE: 14 May 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 30 mm
 STAMP THEME: Corallo rosso di Alghero
 STAMP DESIGN: Giorgia Pintus

Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium rubrum. It is found mainly in the Mediterranean Sea. It grows at depths from 10 to 300 meters below sea level, although the shallower of these habitats have been largely depleted by harvesting. In the underwater caves of Alghero, Sardinia (the "Coral Riviera") it grows at depth from 4 to 35 meters.

Stamp images thanks to Poste Italiane