Being an island nation, Tokelau is home to lots of types of marine life. This stamp issue looked at just four species of crab that you might find scuttling along the shores of Tokelau’s atolls.
There are ten recorded species of crab that live on the islands of Tokelau. All the land crabs are nocturnal scavengers and they come in an array of shapes and sizes, with the ugauga (Birgus latro) being the largest living arthropod on Earth. Each stamp in this collectable issue included the Tokelauan word for the crab as well as the scientific name.
A closer look at the crabs of Tokelau
Alongside the set of four stamps in this issue, there was a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. The first day cover featured an image of the kaviki in its natural habitat, and any of these collectables made a great addition to any marine fauna or Tokelau stamp collection.
Product Listing for Tokelau Crabs
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|Date of issue:||3 June 2015|
|Number of stamps:||Set of four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand.|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 2 June 2016.|