21 September 2009

2006 Dolphins: Fishy Errors

This is a knowledge test. Look at the FDC scans, please spot three mistakes on this issue.


The cachet says FISH, posters at all post offices say FISH, the commemorative postmark says FISH too. Dolphins are not fish, they are mammals. This is the first mistake.

Dolphins found in Cambodian waters become stars on stamps in 2006, the species are:

  • 500r Sousa Chinensis (Chinese white dolphin)
  • 900r Neophocaena Phocaenoides (finless porpoise)
  • 1400r Delphinus Capensis Tropicalis (Arabian long-beaked common dolphin)
  • 2100r Stenella Longirostris Roseinventris (dwarf spinner dolphin )
  • 3500r Tursiops Aduncus (Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin)
This is where you find the second mistake, on the 1400r stamp "Dolphinus" should be "Delphinus".

It makes everyone wonder why the close to extinct Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins (less than 90 now) living in KratiƩ and Stung Treng provinces are not featured. Here comes the third mistake.

On the 5400r souvenir sheet (s/s), inscription indicates that the featured dolphins are finless porpoise (Neophocaena Phocaenoides). Check carefully, finless porpoise have no back fins, those in the drawing have back fins, they are in fact Irrawaddy dolphins! Finless porpoise and Irrawaddy dolphins look similar except the fin thing.

The illustrator ambitiously promotes ecotourism and Irrawaddy dolphin sightseeing, the inscripter spoils it.

Probably this is the first time in Cambodian philately for having three uncorrelated mistakes in one stamp issue .


  1. Example of designing stamp (or some other things) without consulting experts from the relevant field

  2. I am topical collector of "Whales & Dolphins" and I need these stamps, mint.
    I also need few other Cambogian sets.
    Anyone interested in exchange?
    Regards, Zeljko (from Croatia)

  3. Hell Zeljko, please provide your email, I will reach you there.