Title : Definitive Postage Stamp (200 won)
Stamp Serial#
2145 
KPC#
417 
MICHEL#
2172 
StanGib#
Not listed 
Scott#
1994-2003-06
1992-2007 
Date of Issue
03/05/2001 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
200 won 
Design
Chionoecetes opilio
"Crab" 
Designer
Kim, Sung-Am 
Image Area
25mm*22mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10*10 
Paper
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
In accordance with the schedule to regularly introduce new definitive stamps while phasing out the circulation of definitive postage stamps that have been in use for an extended time, the new "Chionoecetes opilio", ("Crab") stamp replaces the 200-won "Sea Turtle" stamp. The latter was first issued on December 19, 1994.

Chionoecetes opilios inhabit deep waters with the depth range of 200 to 400 meters. Its most popular habitats in Korea are the cold-water areas including the East Sea, north of Gyeongsangbuk-do and the coastal areas near Hamgyeongbuk-do. The southwestern Japanese Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Sea of Kamchatka, and the Bering Sea are also home to this large-sized species. Male Chionoecetes opilios measure an average of 187 millimeter, and female counterparts 113 millimeter. Once hatched, female continue to grow for six to eight years and lives another three to four years, and males live thirteen to fifteen years, including all life stages. The main body shell, either of orange or of light brown color, has a rounded triangular shape. The four extremely long pairs of legs are situated right below the pair of pincers. The first nodes of the joint, which attach each leg to the main body, are huge, very staunch, and straight.

Chionoecetes opilios have earned the Korean nickname of "Yeongdeok Daege", or "large crab from Yeongdeok", due to the fact that they are caught mostly in the sea adjoining the Yeongdeok area.