EUROPA 2024 - THE MEDITERRANEAN OCTOPUS

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A common Mediterranean species, the octopus, Octopus vulgaris, illustrates the Europa stamp, the theme of which this year is underwater fauna and flora. The octopus lives mainly at depths between 1 and 25 meters and up to 100 meters in winter, in rocks or in coralligenous reefs, but also in Posidonia meadows or in sandy bottoms, in which it hides in covered with stones. The Mediterranean octopus is endowed with cognitive capacities comparable to those of vertebrates. Camouflage, vision, innovation, deception, learning, memory, are facets of its intelligence. In order to best preserve the species, particularly during the breeding periods from June to September, its capture is prohibited in certain areas of the Mediterranean.


  • Design: Marie-Christine LEMAYEUR and Bernard ALUNNI
  • Printing process: Offset
  • Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal
  • Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
  • Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations

Caractéristiques
Part Second part
Year 2024
Design Marie-Christine LEMAYEUR and Bernard ALUNNI
Printing process Offset
Issue date 7 May 2024
Size of the stamp 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue 40 000 stamps
Note Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations