Trivia about the Philippine Marine Biodiversity


Picasso Trigger (Rhinecanthus aculeatus )
The ‘avant garde’ colours of this fish make it popular species. A number of diagonal white bars slant upwards and forwards from the anal fin. The mouth  and jaw line are accentuated with colour and a blue and yellow brown stripe across the head connects the eye with the pectoral fin base. This fish may  emit a distinctive whirring sound when it is startled.
Marmorated Cone (Conus marmoreus)
Over 100 species of cone shells are found in the region. They live on or under sandy surfaces or under rocks and coral boulders. They have a very  characteristic conical shape with an elongate aperture that is protected by a small, horny operculum. The Marmorated cone has a dangerous sting and  should be handled with care.
Copper-band Butterfly fish (Chelmon rostratus)
The yellow-orange vertical bands on the body have blue-black edging. These distinctive colours ‘eye-spot’ at the rear of the caudal peduncle and caudal  fin are black, edged in pale blue. The eye is ringed with gold.
Triton Trumphet (Charonia tritonis).   
A species of very large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Ranellidae, the tritons. The shell is well-known as a decorative object, and is  sometimes modified for use as a trumpet (such as the Japanese horagai). One of the few animals that feeds on the crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster  planci.  Occasional plagues of this large and destructive starfish have killed extensive areas of coral on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the western  Pacific reefs. There has been much debate on whether such plagues are natural or are caused by over-fishing of the few mollusks and fish that can eat  this starfish.  In 1994, Australia proposed that Charonia tritonis should be put on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)  list, thereby attempting to protect the species.   Because of a lack of trade data concerning this seashell, the Berne Criteria from CITES were not met and  the proposal was consequently withdrawn
Bennett’s Feather Star (Oxycomanthus bennetti)
This feather star is generally common on most reefs bathed by clear water and periodic strong currents. The normal depth range is between 6-30 meters.  The arms, numbering from about 80-120, are moderately thick and colour is extremely variable as can be seen. Small symbiotic shrimps, crabs and a  species of clingfish are sometimes present on the disc or amongst the arms. The short arms or cirri that secure the animal to the bottom are clearly visible  on the yellow individual in this photo.
Eibl’s Angelfish (Centropyge eibli)
The pale grey-gold body is crossed with gold and black lines, and some gold patterning appears in the anal fin. The rear part of the dorsal fins. Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available starting October 24, 2011 at the Postage and Philatelic Department, Manila Central Post Office,  Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporatio


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