US 2017 Spotted Nerite : Seashells 34c. Scott. 5166

US 2017 Spotted Nerite : Seashells 34c. Scott. 5166

Series: Seashells (2017)

Stamp details: Spotted Nerite (Vittina natalensis)

Issued date: 28-01-2017 (dd/mm/yyyy)

Face value: 34c.
(Postcard - No Face Value)

Emission: Definitive

First Day City: San Diego, California

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 5166
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 5770
Michel (Germany): 5356BA
Yvert et Tellier (France): 4977

Dimensions (height x width):
24.9mm x 22.1mm

Printer: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd.

Printing Method: Offset, Microprint

Stamp Colors: Multicolored

Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 11 x 10

Gum type: Self-Adhesive

Themes: Sea Shell, Sea Life

Total print: 37,500,000 (estimate)

Note: Initial Face value US$0.34 on day of issue.

Description:- Vittina natalensis, common name spotted nerite, is a species of small freshwater snail with an operculum, an aquatic gastropod mollusk in the family Neritidae, the nerites. It returns to brackish waters to reproduce. This is a popular aquarium snail, sold because it looks attractive and eats algae in freshwater tanks, but does not multiply under aquarium conditions. It requires a pH above 7.0 to thrive. This species is endemic to the coastal plain of East Africa -- Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania. Its specific name natalensis refers to the region of Natal, South Africa.