Nepal on Fish Series, 1993

A Souvenir Sheet consisting of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Fishes of Nepal :

517-520 Fish Series [Nepal Souvenir Sheet Stamp 1993]Issued by Nepal

Issued on Aug 6, 1993

Picture : These postage stamps brought out depicts pictures of – 25p : Tor putitora (Hamilton), R.1 : Schizothorax plagiostomus (Heckel), R.5 : Anguilla bengalensis (Gray & Hard) and the temple of Chhabdi Barahi and R.10 : Psilorhynchus pseudecheneis (Menon and Datta).

Designer : K. K. Karmacharya

Type : Souvenir Sheet, Mint Condition

Denomination : 25 Paisa and 1, 5 & 10 Rupee (Souvenir Sheet : Rs. 16.25)

Stamp Size : 25.73 x 35.96 mm.

Souvenir Sheet Size : 70.00 x 90.00 mm. with 4 stamps

Format : Horizontal

Colour : 4 Colours (Souvenir Sheet : 5 Colours)

Paper : Official white paper with colour silk threads

Quantity : 1,000,000 (One million) Stamps each in sheets of 50 and 1,00,000 (One hundred thousand) Souvenir Sheets

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printer : Halio Courvoisier, S.A. Switzerland

About Tor putitora (Hamilton) : 

  • Taxonomic Position
    Class:- Teleostomi
    Order:- Cypriniformes
    Family:- Cyprinidae
    Genus:- Tor
    Species:- putitora (Hamilton)
  • Tor, locally known as Sahar, is famous for fishing and highly delicious. The fish is abundantly found in rivers and lakes of Mid-hill region of the Kingdom of Nepal. The body of the fish is covered with large scales and the size of the fish is also comparatively large enough.

About Schizothorax plagiostomus (Heckel) : 

  • Taxonomic Position
    Class:- Teleostomi
    Order:- Cypriniformes
    Family:- Cyprinidae
    Sub-family:- Schizothoracini

    Genus:- Schizothorax
    Species:- plagiostomus (Heckel)
  • Schizothorax, locally known as Asala, is famous for fishing and its preparation is very delicious. It inhabits in clean streams, rivers and lakes of Mid-high hills. The feature of this fish is quite attractive due to the combination of gray and golden colours. The body of the fish is covered with small silvery scales and generally found in medium size.

About Anguilla bengalensis (Gray & Hard) : 

  • Taxonomic Position
    Class:- Teleostomi
    Order:- Anguilliformes
    Sub-order:- Anguilloidei
    Family:- Anguillidae
    Genus:- Anguilla

    Species:- bengalensis (Gray & Hard)
  • Anguiila, locally known as RajBaam, has an elongated and snakelike appearance. It is a migratory fish. The fish also swims for reproduction in the sea. For a short while it can live out of water too. This fish has got the traditional and religious importance and it is worshipped still today by thousands of followers as an incarnation of the Goddess in the fish form in Chhabdi Barahi of Tanahu district, Nepal.

About Psilorhynchus pseudecheneis (Menon and Datta) : 

  • Taxonomic Position
    Class:- Teleostomi
    Order:- Cypriniformes
    Family:- Cyprinidae
    Sub-family:- Psilorhynchini
    Genus:- Psilorhynchus
    Species:- pseudechensis (Menon & Datta)
  • Psilorhynchus, locally known as Tite, is one of the most rare fish. This fish inhabits in the Himalayan torrential rivers specially in Tadi, Likhu, Dudhkoshi, Sunkoshi and alike. The size of the fish is usually small with blunt snout and generally found in between the height from 700 meters to 2950 meters above the sea level.

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