Goose Barnacle

Lepas anserifera

Features

Goose barnacle, Lepas anserifera

Rigid shell plates, stalk shorter than shell. Stalks of large specimens can reach 30 cm, but are typically much shorter. A similar species, Lepas anatifera, has smooth shell and long stalk.

Notes

Open-sea species; attaches to floating logs, planks and other flotsam; usually only seen beach-washed. Both species common. Tropical Australia; worldwide.

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