PORT PHILLIP BAY


Honeycomb Barnacle 

Chamaesipho tasmanica (Foster & Anderson, 1986)

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:
Chthamalidae
Genus:
Chamaesipho
Species:
tasmanica

General Description

Four grey side plates. Each animal is joined closely to its neighbour in a honeycomb-like fashion. Up to 2 cm high, 5 mm wide.

Biology

Honeycomb Barnacles are the most common of about a dozen acorn barnacle species in Victoria. They live in dense masses, so close together that the shells of neighbouring animals fuse together.

Habitat

Exposed rocky shores, at mid to upper tidal levels.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-eastern 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

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, Honeycomb Barnacle, Chamaesipho tasmanica, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7792

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