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Gooseneck Barnacle

Pollicipes polymerus

Gooseneck BarnacleHerb Gruenhagen

Description

  • Goose barnacles (order Pedunculata), also called stalked barnacles or gooseneck barnacles, are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone
  • All goose barnacles have five plates

Range

  • Southern Alaska to at last Punta Abreojos, Baja California

Habitat

  • The goose-neck barnacle is a common inhabitant in the intertidal zone of rocky shores especially in association with the California mussel
  • Observed at rocky shores and rock jetties leading into bays

Diet

  • Feeds by growing outward so that it can extend its cirri in a fan oriented perpendicular to the backwash of the waves
  • Small particles of detritus and tiny crustaceans get caught in the cirri, which are subsequently eaten

Interesting Facts

  • The stalk of this animal has been used in the preparation of a chowder
  • Barnacle has been found on humpback whales

Reproduction