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French Polynesia: Fauna and Flora stamps

French Polynesia: Fauna and Flora stamps
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The post of French Polynesia issued a set of three stamps dedicated to the Polynesian fauna and flora. The stamps depict a lemon, a lizard and a munia.

The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit. The fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods.

Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with more than 5600 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains. Lizards typically have feet and external ears, while snakes lack both of these characteristics. However, because they are defined negatively as excluding snakes, lizards have no unique distinguishing characteristic as a group. Lizards and snakes share a movable quadrate bone, distinguishing them from the sphenodonts, which have more primitive and solid diapsid skulls. Many lizards can detach their tails to escape from predators, an act called autotomy, but this ability is not shared by all lizards.

Munia is a resident breeding bird in Africa and in South Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. The species in this genus are similar in size and structure, with stubby bills, stocky bodies and long tails. Most are 10–12 cm in length.

Plumage is usually a combination of browns, black and white, with the sexes similar, but duller and less contrasted for immature birds. The nest is a large domed grass structure into which 4 to 10 white eggs are laid. Some species also build communal roosting nests for overnight rest.

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