PORT PHILLIP BAY


Striped Barnacle 

Amphibalanus amphitrite (Darwin, 1854)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Source: Poore and Syme (2009) Barnacles, Museum Victoria.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Class:
Maxillopoda
Subclass:
Thecostraca
Superorder:
Thoracica
Order:
Sessilia
Suborder:
Balanomorpha
Superfamily:
Balanoidea
Family:
Balanidae
Genus:
Amphibalanus
Species:
amphitrite

General Description

Six smooth side plates around the body with a diamond shape opening. White or with pink-brown stripes radiating from the opening to the edge. Plates in the opening (scuta) have growth lines. Up to 1 cm high, 2 cm wide.

Biology

This is a common fouling species, attaching to rocks, pier piles, shells, crabs and ships.

Habitat

Estuaries and sheltered bays, near low tide level, to depth of 9 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Worldwide. Southern Australia.

Species Group

Barnacles Acorn barnacles

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 cm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 3306

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Taylor, J.

Dr. Jo Taylor is the Sciences Collections Online Coordinator at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Patullo, B.

Blair Patullo is Online Producer for marine projects at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Taylor, J. & Patullo, B., 2011, Striped Barnacle, Amphibalanus amphitrite, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7785

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