Mollusks on Brazilian postage stamps

Rodrigo B. Salvador1,2, Guilherme Ribeiro3 & Daniel C. Cavallari4

1 Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
2 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
3 Rua Conceição Francisco Barbosa, 650, 14500-000, Ituverava, Brazil.
4 Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. São Paulo, SP, Brazil.


Philately started in the UK, in 1840, with the issue of the first postage stamp, the Penny Black. From the simple portrait of Queen Victoria on this stamp, the illustrations developed and diversified, accompanying the trend of stamp collecting. Almost from the start, mollusks began to appear on stamps; the first one dating to 1859. Brazil was the third country to adopt this revolutionary postal system and thus has a long philatelic history. Nevertheless, mollusks are not so well represented on the country’s stamps. Here we comment (both from philatelical and biological viewpoints) all Brazilian postage stamps bearing scientifically-inclined illustrations of mollusks. These stamps date from the years 1969, 1977, 1989 and 2007 and include the following species: Agaronia travassosi (1989), Charonia variegata (1969 and 2007), Cochlespira elongata (2007), Lobatus goliath (1977), Morum matthewsi (1989), Siratus beauii (2007), Siratus tenuivaricosus (1977), Vasum cassiforme (1977), Voluta ebraea (1989).

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Cite as: Salvador R.B., Ribeiro G. & Cavallari D.C. (2015) Mollusks on Brazilian postage stamps. Strombus 22(1–2): 19–28.

Publication date: 31 December 2015.