Philpost issues Deep Sea Shrimps

Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita – Manila, Philippines

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of stamps and a Souvenir Sheet featuring Deep-Sea Shrimps of the Philippines in artist rendition, for the 3rd quarter topical stamp issue.

Technical Description of the Stamp Issuance

Kind of Issue : Special Perforation : 14
Denomination and Quantity : P10.00 ……..120,000 (4 designs) Printing Process : Litho – Offset (4 colors)
Souvenir Sheet : P40.00 ……5,000pcs. Paper : Imported Unwatermarked
Date of Issue : August 08, 2013 Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.
Last day of sale : August 07, 2014 (as stock allows) Layout Artists : Mr. Victorino Z. Serevo and Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jayme
Sheet Composition : 16on (4X4) : Size of stamp : 4cm X 3cm

shrimpsouvenir sheet

Size of Souvenir Sheet : 13cm X 7.5cm
Designs and Artists : Stamp 1 – Banded Deep-sea spiny Shrimp \ Artist: Mr. Joey Cenina
Stamp 2 – Deep-Sea Shrimp \ Artist: I. Egai
Stamp 3 – Huxley’s Scissors-foot Shrimp \ Artist: R.E. Alcantara, Jr.
Stamp 4 – Deep-Sea Armored Shrimp \ Artist: Thomas Paul Edison Cañas

Crustaceans are one of the coral reef’s most dominant animal groups. However, due to the tiny size and cryptic habits of many species, it is easily to grossly underestimate their impact. The group is incredibly diverse with regards to size,shape, colours and life style.Not only does it include well known representative such as lobster, shrimps and crabs but also an incredible of microscopic forms.

Description: Banded deep-sea spiny shrimp (Stenopus goyi) has unique red bands and red patches on translucent white body with the female bearing green eggs. Its body is thickly covered with spines of different sizes. Its head or carapace has strong short spine near the anterior margin of the carapace ventral to antennal spine. Its rostrum armed with 2 – 4 teeth near the distal part. Its waking legs have simple dactyli or claws except for the right 5th leg which has 2 – 3 claws (biunguiculate or triunguiculate). This species was trawled by beam trawl at depths ranging from 68 meters to 72 meters off Panglao Island, Bohol.


Deep-Sea Shrimp (Stylodactylus multidentatus multidentatus) – Body large and stout which measures about 50 mm to 71 mm, with rostrum horizontally directed, long, with 27 to 41 movable dorsal teeth and 12 to 19 movable ventral teeth. Dorsal margin of carapace has 11 to 13 movable post-rostral teeth. Abdominal pleura round. Margin of telson or tail without median spine. Whole body is pink red with perceptible red stripes which runs from the tip of rostrum along dorsal portion of carapace. Sand bottom, bathypelagic, mesopelagic, continental rise, continental slope species. Beam trawled and trapped from depth range of 152 meters to 366 meters. Recorded off Panglao Island, Bohol and Verde Island Passage.


Huxley’s scissor-foot shrimp (Psalidopus huxleyi) have scattered spines of various lengths from head to tail. Rostrum armed with 9 to 15 dorsal spines and 7 to 16 ventral spines. The claw on the first walking legs is crossed like scissors. Beam trawled and trapped from depth range of 530 meters to 1,163 meters. Recorded off Panglao Island, Bohol and Verde Island Passage; Off San Bernardino Strait; Palawan Passage and Sulu Sea off Cagayan Islands.


Deep-Sea Armored Shrimp (Glyphocrangon proxima) – Body is stout with firm covering, rostrum obviously upturned on distal half. In life, the body is generally translucent white, with the rostrum reddish in distal half and white on the part near the body. Its pleopods or swimmerets have single series of segments attached end-to-end. This species was beam trawled off Aurora Province and in the Verde Island Passage at depths ranging from 562 meters to 809 meters.


Rock Shrimp (Sicyonia parajaponica) – Body is stout with hard covering, with scattered large brown tubercles. Abdomen marked by deep grooves and furrows. Rostrum up to the edge of the dorsal margin has 9 dorsal and 2 ventral teeth. First and second abdominal segments have a spiky and prominent ridgelike structure on the middle part. Pleopods or swimmerets have single series of segments attached end-to-end (uniramous). This species was beam trawled off Panglao Island, Bohol and in the Verde Island Passage at depths ranging from 122 meters to 127 meters.

Source / Reference: National Museum of the Philippines, Marivene Manuel – Santos, Curator I of Zoology Division and Crustacean Specialist, in coordination with Dr. Tin – Yam Chan of Taiwan Ocean University.

Stamps, Souvenir Sheets and Official First Day Covers will be available starting August 08, 2013 at the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Manila Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

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