|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Keith Hiscock - Balanus crenatus. Image width ca 10 cm.
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Balanus crenatus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Nicola White||Refereed by:||Prof. Alan J. Southward|
|Phylum||Arthropoda||Arthropods, joint-legged animals, e.g. insects, crustaceans & spiders|
|Class||Maxillopoda||Barnacles, copepods and fish lice|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||All coasts of Britain & Ireland, and offshore in the North Sea and Celtic Sea.|
|Habitat information||Balanus crenatus is primarily a sublittoral species that can sometimes be found under stones or overhangs on the lower shore. Balanus crenatus colonizes cobbles, shells, bedrock, molluscs and artificial substrata. It is found at a wide range of wave exposures and it can tolerate salinities as low as 14 psu.|
|Description||Balanus crenatus is one of the most common sublittoral barnacles in Britain. It has six shell plates and grows up to 25 mm in diameter. The upper edge of the shell plates are usually toothed and the shell is inclined to one end when viewed in profile. It usually lives for around 18 months.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Nicola White 2004. Balanus crenatus. An acorn barnacle. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 20/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=2718>