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85t Among the fascinating cultures of New Guinea are peoples that use ceremonial dress resembling local fauna; the costume pictured here is that of a sorcerer and used for initiation ceremonies in the Madang region. It is made to look like the hornbill, a large native frugivorous bird.
40c The Giant Clam is one of the most endangered marine species, and is widespread in the Indo-Pacific but rare in all parts of its range. The giant clam is considered a delicacy, and is widely hunted.
$5 The Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha) is pictured here in flight. It is a small passerine native to forests of E. Asia and Taiwan, with a vulnerable population that is in decline due to deforestation and habitat conversion.
500 FMG / 100 Ariary: UN 50th Anniv. (1995) celebrating environmental protection of this island's unique flora and fauna. Species pictured include the Ringtail Lemur, one of 33 species of lemurs endemic to the region. Also shown are the Madagascar periwinkle and the Mad. Tortoise.
R15, R25: The dodo, one of the most emblematic of extinct species on earth, was a flightless rail found only on Mauritius. With few natural defenses, the bird was easy prey for sailors and predators, and the species was hunted to extermination by the 1690's.