Capital: Conakry
Population: 10,058,000
Languages: French
Currency: Guinean Franc
GUINEA

1967

PASTEUR RESEARCH INSTITUTE
(antivenom production)
(SG 590-602)

 

20c Pasteur Research Institute
30c Python regius
50c Extraction of venom
1f Python sebae
2f Attendants with python
5f Bitis gabonica
20f Dendroaspis viridis
30f Bitis gabonica
50f Python sebae
75c Extraction of venom
200f Pasteur Research Institute
300f Attendants with python

 

 
Name on stamp
Current name
Accepted common name
20c
Pasteur Research Institute
30c
Python regius
Python regius
Royal or Ball rock python
50c
Extraction of venom
1f
Python sebae
Python sebae
Central African rock python
2f
Attendants with python
Python sebae
Central African rock python
5f
Bitis gabonica
Bitis rhinoceros
West African gaboon viper
20f
Dendroaspis viridis
Dendroaspis viridis
West African green mamba
30f
Bitis gabonica
Bitis rhinoceros
West African gaboon viper
50f
Python sebae
Python sebae
Central African rock python
75f
Extraction of venom
200f
Pasteur Research Institute
300f
Attendants with python
Python sebae
Central African rock python
Minisheet
400c
Dendroaspis viridis
Dendroaspis viridis
West African green mamba
200f
Pasteur Research Institute
75f
Extraction of venom

 

There is no denying the artwork on these twelve stamps and accompanying minisheet is primitive, almost childish, but they still have an appeal and are attractive. The subject is of course the miking of venomous snakes and the production of antivenom by the Pasteur Research Institute, so the inclusion of several stamps featuring the Royal or Ball python (Python regius) of the Central African rock python (Python sebae) are curious anomalies. The venomous species represented here are the West African green mamba (Dendroaspis viridis) and the West African gaboon viper (Bitis rhinoceros) with its pronounced nasal horns.

 

1968

AFRICAN FAUNA
(SG 661)

20f Crocodylus niloticus

 

 
Name on stamp
Current name
Accepted common name
20c
Crocodylus niloticus
Crocodylus suchus
West African crocodile

 

One stamp in a series of nine features a crocodile, most likely the West African crocodile (Crocodylus suchus).

 

1977

REPTILES
(SG 937-947)

3s Varanus niloticus
4s Hyperolius quinquevittatus
5s Uromastyx
6s Scincus scincus
6.50s Agama agama
7s Naja melanoleuca
8.50s Python regius
10s Chamaeleo dilepis
15s Crocodylus niloticus
20s Bufo mauritanicus
25s Testudo elegans

 

 
Name on stamp
Current name
Accepted common name
3s
Varanus niloticus
Varanus niloticus
Nile monitor lizard
4s
Hyperolius quinquevittatus
Hyperolius quinquevittatus
Five-striped reed frog
5s
Uromastyx
Uromastyx acanthinura
North African dab lizard
6s
Scincus scincus
Scincus scincus
Sandfish
6.5s
Agama agama
Agama agama
Common agama (male)
7s
Naja melanoleuca
Naja melanoleuca
Forest cobra
8.5s
Python regius
Python regius
Royal or Ball python
10s
Chamaeleo dilepis
Chamaeleo dilepis
Flap-necked chameleon
15s
Crocodylus niloticus
Crocodylus niloticus
Nile crocodile
20s
Bufo mauritanicus
Amietophrynus mauritanicus
Moroccan toad
25s
Testudo elegans
Geochelone elegans
Indian starred tortoise

 

At first glance a very attractive set of eleven stamps, but many are not found in Guinea, or even in tropical West Africa. The North African species are: North African dab lizard (Uromastyx acanthinura), Sandfish (Scincus scincus) and Moroccan toad (Amietophrynus mauritanicus), the southern or central African species are Five-striped reed frog (Hyperiolius quinquevittatus) and Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) and the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus). The species occuring in West Africa ie. Guinea, are Nile monitor lizard (Varanus niloticus), Common agama (Agama agama), Forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) and Royal or Ball python (Python regius). The Indian starred tortoise (Geochelone elegans) does not occur in Africa but is from the Indian sub-continent. Evenso, these are attractive stamps and my favourite is the juvenile Forest cobra, alert and interested.

 

1998

FROGS
(SG n/a)

200fg Mt Nimba live-bearing frog
Nectophrynoides occidentalis
300fg Mt Nimba live-bearing frog
Nectophrynoides occidentalis
750fg Mt Nimba live-bearing frog
Nectophrynoides occidentalis

 

 
Name on stamp
Current name
Accepted common name
200fg
Nectophrynoides occidentalis
Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis
Mt Nimba viviparous toad
300fg
Nectophrynoides occidentalis
Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis
Mt Nimba viviparous toad
750fg
Nectophrynoides occidentalis
Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis
Mt Nimba viviparous toad

Three stamps illustrating a live-bearing toad from Mt Nimba, the Mt Nimba viviparous toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis).

 

2002

CROCODILIANS
(SG n/a)

 

1050fg
Crocodylus intermedius
1050fg
Alligator missippiensis
1050fg
Crocodylus siamensis
1050fg
Gavialis gangeticus

 

 
Name on stamp
Current name
Accepted common name
1050fg
Crocodylus intermedius
Crocodylus intermedius
Orinoco crocodile
1050fg
Alligator missippiensis
Alligator missippiensis
American alligator
1050fg
Crocodylus siamensis
Crocodylus siamensis
Siamese crocodile
1050fg
Gavialis gangeticus
Gavialis gangeticus
Ganges gharial

Four fairly attractive stamps featuring four crocodilian species, though none from Africa, one from North America, one from South America and two from Asia.

 

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