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Lepas anatifera (Goose Barnacle)

Observed: 13th November 2011 By: ch7343
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
ch7343’s reputation in Invertebrates
Goose barnacles
Goose barnacles 2
Goose barnacles 3
Description:

Hundreds of them, hanging on to life; they were dead on our next visit, and the whole lot removed by the sea several days later

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Comments

KelsaeJohn's picture

Goose Barnacle

You should read the comment offered by orphys on your Long-tailed Tit Observation. (You need to scroll down the page to see Comments) Best regards.
Doh! I've just realised - if you don't know that, you're unlikely to read this! Oh well.

ch7343's picture

Get recommended

I tried the 'get recommended' button for Goose barnacles, but it wouldn't recommend anything - so I left it up to you all ... so thank you! (the Long-tailed tit observation didn't get a full (double) name either; but I will keep trying with anything else I post.

Nature girl's picture

Get recommended

It's a very useful tool in theory, but in practice sometimes there are too many different common names for species so unless you get the one that's already saved into the iSpot system then it's not really going to work. I tend to just have a quick Google to find the scientific name. There should only be one possibility for that, although taxonomists are always changing things around so that can confuse things further if there are two scientific names for the same species! Generally though, the "get recommended" button does work well; sometimes it can be a bit slow to appear, but the drop-down with possible common names that appears when you start to type is often helpful.

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latin & common names for goose barnacles

Mitella pollicipes or Lepas anatifera?
which?

both stalked and goose-necked

ch7343's picture

latin & common names for goose barnacles

Mitella pollicipes or Lepas anatifera?
which?

both stalked and goose-necked

Nature girl's picture

Species names

Mitella pollicipes is also known as Pollicipes pollicipes, but is not the same species as Lepas anatifera. I'm not sure on common names for these two species - they are both goose barnacles, but have quite a different appearance. See this site for more info:

http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4159

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Lepas anatifera

Thank you for the link to the Marlin site, I had not seen it before. What I saw is definitely Lepas anatifera, but I know know there are other Goose banacles to be seen! Thanks

ChrisMcA's picture

Gooseneck beartrap

Unfortunately marlin, (& I believe the Americans),calls them all gooseneck barnacles (except Buoy barnacle),whereas searching in WoRMS (world database for marine species) or NBN-gateway, gooseneck only gets Mitella pollicipes & my collins guidebk does likewise

This is far from the only case. You can see the same (& maybe remedy it) at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/254468 , & even more extreme at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/233492

Nature girl's picture

Thanks for the info.

Interesting to know the different names; it does all get a bit confusing! We've sorted some of them out here, but the "extreme" case above is more tricky - we need an invertebrate expert or two to agree with that.

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name change

It seems marlin now calls them goose barnacles

ChrisMcA's picture

Magic!

Magic! Just 1 left (+1 lost to other organisms). It'd be great if the experts would occasionally visit a beartrap like this,or my other bugbear, the many prawns identified as shrimps (try search with Crangon crangon or shrimp). They could do this by, eg, searching with Mitella pollicipes/ gooseneck, but in M.p. case you get 9, all quoting M.p. & none with the likely id.If only the likely id was shown in every case they'd be easy to correct ,as against having the incorrect reinforced. (given enough experts & not too many beartraps)

Nature girl's picture

Marine species

I think there are just few marine experts on iSpot, although there aren't that many posts of marine species so that's justified I guess. I spent a while trawling through the seaweed observations last year because they often get confused, or remain unnoticed if placed in the 'other organisms' group. I'm sure there are plenty more "beartraps" to be corrected so keep up the good work :)

Rosie