Stamp issue information


Yellow-bellied toad
Face value CHF 0.85
Motif Yellow-bellied toad
Crested newt
Face value CHF 2.90
Motif Crested newt
Alpine salamander
Face value CHF 3.70
Motif Alpine salamander

Amphibians are protected by law in Liechtenstein. Nevertheless, a sharp decline in the numbers of all species has been noted over recent decades. Three indigenous animals now appear as illustrations on self-adhesive commemorative stamps designed by the graphic artist Silvia Ruppen.

Seriously endangered is the Yellow-Bellied Toad (value: CHF 0.85), a small clay-coloured anuran with a yellow and black spotted underside and heart-shaped pupils. It lives in places which are exposed to the sun near temporary small bodies of water in areas of sparse vegetation that offer good hiding places. Such habitats can be found in Liechtenstein, sometimes in vernal ponds, quarries, landfills and floodplains of the Rhine in valleys. The yellow-bellied toad lays its eggs in small clumps, frequently at the stems of plants. The most serious risk factor for this species is the scarcity of small bodies of water as well as a lack of networks in the countryside.

Measuring 12 to 18 centimetres, the Great Crested Newt (value: CHF 2.90) is the largest native species of newt. It is also highly endangered and can be encountered in valley areas, only very occasionally in ponds and small bodies of water with rich underwater vegetation and wooded areas close to water. Characteristic of what one may call the “wedding finery” of the male is the 1-2 cm high jagged crest, which however decreases in size by the time this creature comes to leave the pond.

The Alpine Salamander (value: CHF 3.70) is active mostly during the night and in the early hours of the morning. The black land salamander with a shiny skin can grow to a length of 15 centimetres. Its young are born alive, so it is not dependent on spawning grounds. Its habitat can be humid gorges, ravines, alpine meadows, scree as well as deciduous and mixed forest areas. The alpine salamander is very common in the Liechtenstein alpine regions between 1200 and 2000 metres above sea level. In isolated cases, it can also be found on lowerlying slopes of the Rhine valley.

Date Of Issue
02. June 2014
Silvia Ruppen, Mauren
Stamp format
32.5 x 32.5 mm
12 1/2 x 12 1/2
Sheet format
146 x 208 mm
4-colour offset, FM screening
Gutenberg AG, Schaan
Special stamp paper
UPM Raflatac, 110 g/m2, white
Unik OBA free/perm/K80W,
self-adhesive (water-soluble)
Consultation and Contact

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E-Mail: philatelie@post.li



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