PORT PHILLIP BAY


Surf Barnacle 

Catomerus polymerus (Darwin, 1854)

View scientific description and taxonomy

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
Family:
Catophragmidae
Genus:
Catomerus
Species:
polymerus

General Description

Eight main plates around the opening with numerous smaller plates around the base. Plates grey to green colour. Up to 2 cm high, 3 cm wide.

Biology

These barnacles are found only below mid-tide where heavy wave action is common. They attach to the rock platform or to shells.

Habitat

Exposed rocky shore, at mid-tide level.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

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

3 cm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

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, Surf Barnacle, Catomerus polymerus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 27 Jun 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7787

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