Norfolk Island Wrasses

Release date: 30 April 2018

The reef at Emily Bay, Norfolk Island is a popular spot for snorkelling, due to its clear water and an abundance of fish species. The most predominant family in terms of individual species are wrasses (Labridae). Wrasses are a large family of fish that inhabit coral reefs and other temperate waters. They are often brightly coloured. As each wrasse species has differing colour patterns across male, female and (sometimes) juvenile, from 17 wrasse species in the reef there are almost 50 spectacular colour variations.

The stamps

The stamps in this issue are illustrated by renowned painter, naturalist and zoologist Roger Swainston. Learn more about Roger's life’s work and discover some fascinating information about wrasses.

$1 Surge Wrasse

The $1 stamp features the vividly coloured adult male Surge Wrasse (Thalassoma purpureum).

$2 Luculent Wrasse

The $2 stamp features the striking orange-red Luculent Wrasse (Pseudolabrus luculentus).

The minisheet scene contains other variations of these species, as well as male, female and juvenile Threespot Wrasse (Halichoeres trimaculatus), Inscribed Wrasse (Notolabrus inscriptus) and Green Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens).

Additional products

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    30 April 2018
  • FDI withdrawal date

    29 May 2018
  • Denominations

    1 x $1, 1 x $2
  • Stamp and product illustration

    Roger Swainston, Anima
  • Product design

    Sonia Young
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Paper gummed

    Tullis Russell Red Phosphor
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography.
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • FDI postmark

    Norfolk Island, NSW 2899
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 October 2018
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.

Philatelic team