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Orange Spotted Filefish

Issued : 25.07.2013
Price per Unit (piece): $ 8.00
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altOxymonacanthus longirostris
Also known as the Harlequin filefish, The Orange Spotted Filefish is a member of the Monacanthidae family and is found throughout the Indian and West Pacific Oceans. It is distinguished by its pale blue colouring and longitudinal rows of orange-yellow patches.

Typically reaching a maximum size of about 11 cm. in length, the Orange Spot Filefish is found in pairs or small groups often among branching or "tabletop" corals; seaward coral reefs or clear lagoons to a depth of 4-30M. It is non-migratory and prefers a peaceful environment with plenty of hiding places and uses the Acropora as a disguise when hiding or at rest.

It is passive in nature and more active during the daytime when feeding takes place. Its diet is exclusively Acropora polyps and feeding on live coral makes this fish extremely difficult to keep in domestic situations. Assisted by a protruding snout and teeth that project from small mouth, the Orange Spot Filefish snips off the coral polyps despite the usual surrounding coral armour. Its feeding habits restrict the fish to areas of abundant coral growth, preferably with lumps of algae, which are used as shelter to assist in egg fertilisation. Aggression is used commonly in courtship. Spawning commences when after swimming together in different tufts, the female concentrates on just one and so the courtship begins. The female then drops into the algae and spawns, while the male releases the sperm beside her.alt



Vanuatu Post in conjunction with WWF are pleased to raise awareness of the plight of the Orange Spot Filefish as numbers are continuously being depleted by collectors who struggle to keep these beautiful fish in captivity.



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Parameters of Product: Stamps
Designer Sue Wickison, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 42.90mm x 30.00mm
Mini Sheet size 200mm x 140mm
Perforation Gauge 14.00 x 14.00
Paper 104 gsm Thai watermark stamp paper
Denominations 30,70,100 and 200 vatu
Period of Sale Issue on Sale from the 28 March 2013 for a period of 2 years.
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