R11 Marine Fishes of the Marshall Islands

Issue Date: June 12, 2007

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On June 12, 2007, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued four new stamps featuring marine fishes. The stamp designs feature colorful photographs of four fish species indigenous to the Marshall Islands: Regal Angelfish, Saddled Butterflyfish, Tinker's Butterflyfish and Achilles Tang. The Regal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus) can be recognized by its alternating yellow and black-edged white stripes. Favoring coral reefs and lagoons with abundant coral growth, it can often be found near caves and ledges. The Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium) has a large white-bordered black area below its dorsal fin, from which a filament extends. It can reach a length of over nine inches and inhabits rocky shores, coral reef slopes and outer reefs. Distinguished by its black body and bright orange spot, the Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles) can be found from Hawaii to Micronesia. It prefers the oxygen-rich waters in the shallow areas of coral reefs. Tinker's Butterflyfish (chaetodon tinkeri) is named for the biologist Spencer Willie Tinker, one-time director of the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Relatively rare, it can usually be found at depths of 150 feet or more.


  • Issue: Marine Fishes of the Marshall Islands
  • Value: 1 x $0.26, 1 x $0.41, 1 x $0.52, 1 x $0.61
  • Issue Date: June 12, 2007
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Photographers: Doug Perrine, Andre Seale. Photos ©SeaPics.com
  • First Day Cover Design: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Sprint Press, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 20 (four different sheets)
  • Designs Per Sheet: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 182mm x 150mm
  • Size of Stamps: 39.5mm x 25.143mm
  • Issue Number: R11
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (1) Regal Angelfish
    (2) Achilles Tang
    (3) Saddled Butterflyfish
    (4) Tinker's Butterflyfish
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last

    Stamp designs ©2007 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 1.80 Marine Fishes of the Marshall Islands
    US$ .41 Regal Angelfish
    US$ .26 Achilles Tang
    US$ .52 Saddled Butterflyfish
    US$ .61 Tinker's Butterflyfish

    What is Available for you to Order

    Can be Shipped to Many Countries
    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Mint Stamp Set of 4 None 4659619
    41¢ Regal Angelfish Mint Stamp None 4659384
    52¢ Saddled Butterflyfish Mint Stamp None 4659406
    61¢ Tinker's Butterflyfish Mint Stamp None 4659414
    Full Sheet Set of 4 None 4659627
    41¢ Regal Angelfish Full Sheet None 4659422
    61¢ Tinker's Butterflyfish Full Sheet None 4659449
    52¢ Saddled Butterflyfish Full Sheet None 4659457
    First Day Cover None 4659465

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