Overview

Fauna is a popular theme with collectors and the general public alike. Australia boasts an impressive array of faunal species, many of which have become iconic symbols at home and overseas.

Mammals are divided into three groups: monotremes, marsupials and placental mammals, the latter being the largest group (which includes humans). Marsupial mammals give birth to tiny babies that crawl into a pouch on the outside of the mother’s abdomen, to continue their development. Monotremes differ greatly from marsupials and placental mammals, due to their low body temperature and the fact that they lay eggs. Their name comes from the fact that they have only one body opening.

A follow-up issue to the Australian Fauna stamp issue, released in March 2019, this stamp issue presents four fascinating Australian mammals: a ground-dwelling marsupial – the Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus); two tree-dwelling marsupials – the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and the Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps); and a monotreme – the Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus). The animals presented span a variety of physical and behavioural traits.

Technical specifications

Issue date
16-December-2019
Issue withdrawal date
tba
Denomination
2 x $1.10, 1 x $2.20, 1 x $3.30
Stamp design
Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
Paper: self-adhesive
Securepost MC90
Paper: rolls
RAF Unik
Printer
RA Printing
Printer: rolls
Multi-color Corp
Printing process
Offset lithography
Printing process: rolls
Flexographic
Stamp size (mm)
37.5 x 26
Perforations
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Modules of 50
FDI Postmark
Greenbushes WA 6254
FDI withdrawal date
31-January-2020

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 - Koala

The Koala is one of Australia's best-known animals. This territorial, nocturnal creature has soft, thick grey fur on its body and white fur on its chest. It lives in eucalyptus forests, rarely moving out of its home range, where it eats up to 500 grams of eucalyptus leaves per day. To adapt to a diet so fibrous and low in nutrition, the Koala sleeps somewhere between 18 and 22 hours each day. The Koala’s main habitats are limited to eastern Australia, and there are concerns about population decline due to a range of factors, including habitat destruction and disease.

$1.10 - Wombat

Wombats are the largest burrowing mammals in Australia. These stocky creatures dig vast burrow systems of up to 20 metres long, more than two metres below the ground, with their rat-like front teeth and powerful claws. The rump of the wombat is covered by a very tough, thick skin that is often used as protection from attackers, as it dives into its burrow or a hollow log.

The Common Wombat, the species featured on the stamp, is the only living member of its genus Vombatus, though it is similar in appearance to Australia’s two other wombat species, the main difference being the absence of hair on its nose and courser fur. The Common Wombat’s main habitats are limited to south-eastern Australia.

$2.20 - Echidna

The Short-beaked Echidna is found across Australia, including in some urban areas. It prefers forests and woodlands, heath, grasslands and arid environments. This shy creature uses its spikes to defend itself (rolling into a ball if frightened) and its thin, burrowing nose helps it to find ants and termites to eat. Echidnas and the Platypus are the only extant monotremes in the world. The Short-beaked Echidna is Australia’s only echidna species; the Long-beaked Echidna lives in New Guinea.

$3.30 - Sugar Glider

Sugar gliders are palm-sized, tree-dwelling marsupials that can glide or “fly” around 50 metres, using their bushy tails are rudders. These omnivorous possums are native to tropical and cool-temperate forests in Australia (where they can be found in all states and territories), as well as in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Closely related to kangaroos, these tiny nocturnal creatures use their large eyes to see in the dark, also aided by a large field of vision.

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Set of Australian Fauna II stamps

This set of stamps contains all four stamps from the Australian Fauna II stamp issue.

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Australian Fauna II stamp pack

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Booklet of 10 x $1.10 Koala stamps

This booklet contains 10 x $1.10 self-adhesive Koala stamps from the Australian Fauna II stamp issue.

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Set of Australian Fauna II maxicards

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