The longitudes across the
top of the stamp read “178°30E 170°00´ 179°30´ 180°00´.” The
same longitudes are repeated at the bottom of the stamp.
The last longitude is further identified as the “International Date
Line.” The longitude 2nd from the left is incorrect and should be
A second error is a non-map error; the beetle is not
the longest beetle in the world. It is either second or third behind
Titanus giganteus and Xixuthrus
The beetle is not
identified on the stamp, but is intended to be either Xixuthrus
heros or Xixuthrus heyrovskyi. In articles in Zootaxa
777:1-10 and Friends of the Entomology Research Museum Newsletter
No. 26 Summer 2005 pp. 6-8, Dr. Douglas Yanega (and others) have made
it clear that there are three
Xixuthrus species in Fiji: X. ganglbaueri, X. heros, and X.
terribilis. The last has been most commonly (but incorrectly)
known as Xixuthrus
heyrovskyi, and is the species on the stamp.
Thanks to Dr. Yanega for his help. Any errors are mine.