Story: Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans

Goose barnacles (2nd of 3)

Goose barnacles

These goose barnacles are feeding. Each animal extends its finely bristled legs from the gaping shell and sweeps them in the current. Fine particles of food and plankton become trapped on the bristles and are then drawn into the barnacle’s mouth.

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Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, 'Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans - Barnacles and copepods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, published 12 Jun 2006