StampNews.com hurries to introduce to our readers' attention a new special EuroMed Postal stamp by Slovenia Post that will be issued on 9 July 2016. This is a part of the joint issue by the postal operators that form the EuroMed Postal Union. The common theme for this year is "Fish of the Mediterranean" thus Slovenia Post has depicted Sardina pilchardus on its bright version of the stamp.
Let's appreciate this newly issued philatelic item together!
Sardine, any of certain food fishes of the herring family, Clupeidae, especially members of the genera Sardina, Sardinops, and Sardinella; the name sardine can also refer to the common herring (Clupea harengus) and to other small herrings or herring like fishes when canned in oil.
The European sardine (Sardina, or Clupea pilchardus) ‒ known as pilchard in Britain ‒ occurs in the Mediterranean Sea and off the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal, France, and Britain.
Sardines are small, silvery, elongated fishes with a single short dorsal fin, no lateral line, and no scales on the head. They range in length from about 15 to 30 cm (6 to 12 inches) and live in dense schools, migrating along the coast and feeding on plankton, of which they consume vast quantities.
They spawn mainly in spring, with the eggs and, a few days later, the larvae drifting passively until they metamorphose into free-swimming fish.