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2009 Australia Post Possum Bush Babies Full Sheet

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Here is a lovely full sheet  in mint condition with 10 of the $2.90 stamps from the Bush Babies series.  Pristine condition and as far as stamps for sale go, a wonderful collectible. Like the 1978 book ‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox this strip is truly magic. Although they are quite a recent release they will not last long in sheets of 10 like this. Another fantastic Australia Fauna snapshot. Highly collectible and desirable.

The Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula, from the Greek for “furry tailed” and the Latin for “little fox”, also known as Phalangista vulpina) is a nocturnal, semi-arborealmarsupial of the family Phalangeridae, it is native to Australia, and the largest of the possums. Like most possums, the Common Brushtail is nocturnal. It is mainly a folivore, but has been known to eat small mammals such as rats. In most Australian habitats, leaves of Eucalyptus are a significant part of the diet but rarely the sole item eaten. The tail is prehensile and naked on its lower underside. There are four colour variations: Silver Grey, Brown, Black and Gold. Possums are quadrupedaldiprotodont marsupials with long tails. The smallest possum, indeed the smallest diprotodont marsupial, is the Little Pygmy Possum with an adult head-body length of 70mm and a weight of 10g. The largest is the Bear Cuscus that may exceed 7 kg. Possums are typically nocturnal and at least partially arboreal. The various species inhabit most vegetated habitats and a few species have adjusted well to urban settings. Diets range fromgeneralistherbivores or omnivores (the Common Brushtail possum) to specialist browsers of eucalyptus (Greater Glider), insectivores (Mountain Pygmy Possum) and nectar-feeders (Honey Possum).

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Gutter (philately), the space between panes of postage stamps that creates configurations of “gutter pairs” or “gutter blocks”.  A Gutter, similar to typography, is the space in between printed postage stamps. When stamps are printed on large sheets of paper that will be guillotined into smaller sheets along the gutter it will not exist on the finished sheet of stamps. Some sheets are specifically designed where two panes of stamps are separated by a gutter still in the finished sheet and gutters may, or may not, have some printing in the gutter.  A number of different gutter based configurations exist:  Gutter pairs are two stamps separated by a gutter.  Gutter block is a block of at least four stamps where either the vertical or horizontal pairs, or both, are  separated by a gutter. Since perforation of stamps in the norm, the gutter between stamps are often the same size as a postage stamp.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only

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