PORT PHILLIP BAY


Rose Barnacle 

Tesseropora rosea (Krauss, 1848)

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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
Family:
Tetraclitidae
Genus:
Tesseropora
Species:
rosea

General Description

Four side plates, forming a wide conical shape. Colour varies from grey-white in young animals, to pink in older animals. Opening pentagonal shape. Up to 1 cm high, 3 cm wide.

Biology

The anatomy of this species is more advanced than some of their close relatives. They filter plankton from fast flowing water to feed.

Habitat

Exposed rocky shores, at mid to high tide levels, to depth of 58 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Eastern Australia, except Tasmania. Eastern Victoria.

Species Group

Barnacles Acorn barnacles

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 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, Rose Barnacle, Tesseropora rosea, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 16 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7791

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