PORT PHILLIP BAY


Purple Four-plated Barnacle 

Tetraclitella purpurascens (Wood, 1815)

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
Superfamily:
Tetraclitoidea
Family:
Tetraclitidae
Subfamily:
Tetraclitellinae
Genus:
Tetraclitella
Species:
purpurascens

General Description

Four side plates, forming a wide conical shape. Colour varies, including white, grey or purple. Opening diamond shape. Up to 1 cm high, 3 cm wide.

Biology

These barnacles attach to shaded rock surfaces, such as crevices where they are protected from waves. They also attach to abalone or mussel shells.

Habitat

Sheltered areas of rocky shores, at mid to high tide levels.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

New Zealand and 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

Recorded in 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, Purple Four-plated Barnacle, Tetraclitella purpurascens, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7789

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