5c The Coney fish (Cephalopholis fulva) comes in a three variations (Red, Bicoloured, and Golden). It is part of the Serranidae family, the same family as the Nassau Grouper. It can be identified by the spots located on its lower lip and behind its dorsal fin.
15c (Sheetlet) Balloon fish (diodon holocanthus). With a depth range of 2 – 100m, Balloonfish are known for their large eyes and ability to swell up like a balloon when attacked. The body is covered in long, sharp spines that extend when the fish inflates by taking in water, giving it a rather comical look that is intimidating to predators.
35c The Queen Triggerfish (Balistes Vetula) has a deep history with the people of the British Virgin Islands. It is also called the Old Wife. Due to the rough texture of its skin, fishermen use it as a cleaning utensil.
90c Red Hind (Epinephelus Guttatu) is part of the Grouper family. This important commercial species is a delicacy in many Caribbean regions. Red Hinds are hermaphrodites; they have the ability to change gender. They start their life out as females and when populations are low most change into males.
$2 The Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus Ciliaris) can be recognized by the dark blue spot located on its forehead which is referred to as its crown. This brightly coloured fish can be found on many reefs in the Caribbean.
$5 (souvenir sheet) Scrawled Filefish (Aluterus scriptus) is recognized by its elaborate colours of blue and green spots and irregular lines. This narrow fish is found among the coral reef and is locally called shoe maker.
Designer: Bee Design
Photography: BVI Conservation and Fisheries Department
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms
Stamp size: 42 x 28mm
Sheet Layout: 10
Sheetlet size: 200 x 188mm
Souvenir Sheet size: 60 x 80mm
Release date: 8 November, 2017
Production Co-ordination: Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd