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08 July 2003
10/2003
Definitive Issue

Nature of Australia - Rainforests

Australia
These designs continue the Rainforests theme introduced in February 2003, with the $1.45 Blue orchid design. All the subjects of the Rainforests issue are found in the Daintree region of the Wet Tropics.

The rainforest habitat is the latest to appear in the Nature of Australia series, which started in 1996. The series depicts different Australian habitats and the characteristic creatures or plants found within that habitat.

Orange-thighed tree frog (Litoria xanthomera)  

Orange-thighed tree frog (Litoria xanthomera)

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This beautiful, bright green tree frog is characterised by the brilliant orange on its flanks and throat, and the hindside of its thighs.

Green-spotted triangle butterfly (Graphium agamemnon ligatum)  

Green-spotted triangle butterfly (Graphium agamemnon ligatum)

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A butterfly of the lowland rainforest, this is one of four Australian swallowtails known as

Yellow-bellied sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)  

Yellow-bellied sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)

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These active, tiny birds have long curved bills and protrusile brush-tipped tongues which they dip into flowers. Nectar and spiders are their staple diet and the birds are constantly on the move to find them. The female

Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata)  

Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata)

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This small, nocturnal and agile possum stabs and gouges away bark and rotten wood on trunks, limbs and fallen logs in search of the wood-boring grubs and other insects that form its principal diet.

Technical Information

Issue date........................8 July 2003
Denominations ................Four x 50c
Artist ..............................Wayne Rankin, Melbourne
Stamp size (all) ................30 x 25 mm
Gummed stamps ............
Printer/Paper ..............SNP Sprint/Tullis Russell
Perforations ................14 x 14.4
Self-adhesive stamps
Printer/Paper
Booklets......................SNP Sprint/B100
Rolls of 100 ................SNP Sprint/B90
Rolls of 200 ................Pemara/W0080 WLK1 KV75
Printing process ..............Lithography
Sheet layout ....................Modules of 50, no gutter
Special features ..............$1.45 Blue orchid design in this
habitat released previously
Messages labels in rolls of 100
National postmark............Mossman QLD 4873
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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