|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Alan J. Southward - Close up of Chthamalus montagui from High Water of Spring Tide level seen dry. Image width ca 20 mm.
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Chthamalus montagui is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Karen Riley||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||A warm-water species recorded on the south and west coasts of Britain as far north as Orkney and along the Scottish east coast south to Aberdeen. The Isle of Wight is its eastern limit in the English Channel. It is relatively abundant on Irish coasts.|
|Habitat information||Recorded in the high to mid eulittoral zone on exposed to moderately exposed rocky shores. Its vertical distribution overlaps with that of Chthamalus stellatus and Semibalanus balanoides.|
|Description||An intertidal barnacle with six coarsely ridged wall plates, a kite-shaped opercular opening, and a membranous base. The rostral plate is relatively narrow and plates are of roughly equal size. The rostral plate is not fused with rostrolaterals. The tissue inside the opercular aperture is blue (paler than in Chthamalus stellatus) with brown and black markings. Usually conical in shape, however when crowded may become tubular. It reaches a maximum diameter of approximately 14 mm, depending on habitat, food availability and level on shore.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Karen Riley 2002. Chthamalus montagui. Montagu's stellate barnacle. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=2981>