Two goose-neck barnacles

Barnacles and copepods

Barnacles, copepods and their relatives are all crustaceans, with the copepods and ostracods (seed shrimps) being the most numerous species. Most are tiny - only a millimeter or so in size. Some have adopted a parasitic way of life.

Scientific name: Maxillopoda

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Goose barnacles are odd-looking crustaceans usually found in quite deep water. Occasionally they can be found on debris that has become dislodged from the sea bed and washed up on the shore.


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