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Gooseneck Barnacles

Pollicipes polymerus

Description:

Pollicipes polymerus is a species of stalked barnacle that depend on water motion rather than the movement of their cirri for feeding, and are therefore found only on exposed or moderately exposed coasts. Pics 3-6 show them competing with mussels.

Habitat:

Spotted in tidal pools at low tide at Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary.

Notes:

Pollicipes polymerus is found in the north eastern Pacific Ocean, its range extending from southern Alaska to Baja California. It occurs on rocky coasts in the intertidal zone and favours exposed areas where there is much wave action. It tends to occur in closely associated groups and is often abundant.(Wikipedia)

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7 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 10 months ago

Thanks again Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 months ago

These are so cool. I don't ever recall seeing massive clusters of barnacles like these in Australian waters. Lots of other species of barnacle, and heaps of oysters. Once again, colder currents come into play. I love the diversity. Great spotting and pics, Brian.

Brian38
Brian38 10 months ago

Thank you so much Sarah!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 10 months ago

Here is my spotting of the East Coast (smooth) ones
https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/25...

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 10 months ago

WOW!!! VERY NICE SPOTTING, Brian!!
I found a few gooseneck barnacles attached to an old backpack that had washed up on the beach at Daytona, FL.
They are FASCINATING!!!!

Brian38
Brian38 10 months ago

Thank you very much Tukup.

Tukup
Tukup 10 months ago

Cool. I have no knowledge of these organisms at all. Or I should say, I HAD no knowledge. Now I have some. Great fotos and notes. Thanks Brian.

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Washington, USA

Lat: 48.17, Long: -123.70

Spotted on Apr 7, 2019
Submitted on Apr 11, 2019

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