Pelagic Gooseneck Barnacle

Lepas anatifera

Can Be Confused With ... 4

Lepas anatifera is very similar to L. anserifera (not just in name!), but identifiable by the long, flexible stalk or peduncle, and five smooth plates on the shell surface.

Summary 5

Lepas anatifera, commonly known as the pelagic gooseneck barnacle or smooth gooseneck barnacle, is a species of barnacle in the family Lepadidae. These barnacles are found, often in large numbers, attached by their flexible stalks to floating timber, the hulls of ships, piers, pilings, seaweed and various sorts of flotsam.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) tangatawhenua, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://inaturalist.nz/photos/2756167
  2. (c) shona_t, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Shona Treanor, https://inaturalist.nz/photos/1226227
  3. (c) tangatawhenua, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://inaturalist.nz/photos/2756170
  4. (c) tangatawhenua, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  5. Adapted by tangatawhenua from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepas_anatifera

More Info

iNat Map

Location Antipodean, Aupourian, Cookian, Forsterian, Kermadec Islands, Moriorian
Depth Low Tide