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acorn barnacle

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Any of various barnacles having a conical shell that is directly attached to rocks or other hard surfaces.

[From the resemblance of the barnacle in its shell to an acorn in its cupule .]

acorn barnacle

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acorn shell

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(Animals) any of various barnacles, such as Balanus balanoides, that live attached to rocks and have a volcano-shaped shell from the top of which protrude feathery food-catching appendages (cirri)
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Noun1.acorn barnacle - barnacle that attaches to rocks especially in intertidal zonesacorn barnacle - barnacle that attaches to rocks especially in intertidal zones
barnacle, cirriped, cirripede - marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces
Balanus, genus Balanus - type genus of the family Balanidae
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Their habitats differ from those of acorn barnacles and common goose-neck barnacles.
Within cirripedes, species of acorn barnacles (Thoracica: Balanomorpha) inhabiting rocky shores are an ecologically very important group that often completely dominate their habitat, and they are also among the most damaging foulers of man-made objects in the sea (Bertness et al.
For diet choice experiment 2, the crabs were provided with 3 small ribbed mussels (between 40 mm and 45 mm) and either 3 acorn barnacles (Balanus spp.
The scientists found a few specimens of non- native species, such as Japanese acorn barnacles and blue mussels, said Rumrill, who leads the state shellfish program.
I was looking at photographs of these really interesting underwater specimens, like acorn barnacles and other corals," he said before the show.
In calm waters, acorn barnacles grow long, flexible members in order to reach as many mates as possible, while in choppier waters, they develop more muscular penises with far less reach.
Members of the first group, with their acorn-shaped shells, are commonly known as acorn barnacles.
The rank order of competitive dominance among acorn barnacles in this community is Semibalanus cariosus [greater than] Balanus [greater than] Chthamalus (Dayton 1971).
Next, in the upper intertidal zone, come the algae eaters, such as acorn barnacles and limpets.
Systematically, they cover the acorn barnacles (Thoracica Balanomorpha), the asymmetric barnacles (Verrucomorpha), the paraphyletic assemblage of stalked barnacles (Thoracica Pedunculata), and the parasitic Rhizocephala.
State fish and wildlife biologists inspected the bottom of the severed piece of the dock and found non- native species, including pink Japanese acorn barnacles, parks officials said.