The stamp comes from 4 values Biodiversity
The United Nations declared 2010
the International Year of Biodiversity, calling on the international community
to join hands in protecting biodiversity and maintaining ecological balance.
Hong Kong is blessed with a diversity of natural habitats. This set of
stamps presents four endemic species in the territory, so that our community
will know more about these rare species, and evoke our admiration and devote
more effort to nature conservation in Hong Kong.
Macropodus hongkongensis ($1.40)
- A member of the Belontiidae family, Macropodus hongkongensis (commonly
known as Hong Kong Paradise Fish) is the only freshwater fish named after
Hong Kong. It can be found in the northeastern part of the territory including
the northern New Territories, Tai Po and Sai Kung. The fish has an elliptical
and laterally compressed body with elongated dorsal and anal fins. The
first pair of gill-rakers extends to form a supplementary respiratory organ.
The fish is generally solid black or greyish in colour. During spawning
season, the males exhibit dark black body colour and their unpaired fins
are lined with bluish-white edges.
Liuixalus romeri ($2.40) - Liuixalus
romeri (commonly known as Romer's Tree Frog) is an amphibian of the Rhacophoridae
family. Distributed in woodlands on Lamma Island, Lantau Island, Po Toi
and Chek Lap Kok, it is the smallest among the frog species recorded in
Hong Kong, with an average body length from 1.5 to 2.5 centimetres. The
frog’s whitish belly and brownish back with a dark X-shaped marking give
camouflage in its natural habitat.
Sinopora hongkongensis ($3) - Sinopora
hongkongensis is a medium-sized tree of the Lauraceae or Laurel family,
and can reach 16 metres in height. Bracteoles bear rust-coloured hairs.
Leaves are elliptical and flowers small and greenish-yellow, with globular
and yellowish-brown fruits up to 4 centimetres in diameter. First discovered
at Tai Mo Shan in 2005, Sinopora hongkongensis was identified as a species
new to science and is the only known representative of the genus Sinopora.
Fukienogomphus choifongae ($5) -
Fukienogomphus choifongae is a medium-sized gomphid. The dragonfly has
a yellow and black body. The male has stout white superior anal appendages
and widely divaricate black inferior anal appendages. The female also has
white superior anal appendages but short black inferior anal appendages.
First discovered at Wu Kau Tang in the northeastern New Territories in
2004, Fukienogomphus choifongae was identified as a species new to science.