|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Alan J. Southward - Close up of Chthamalus stellatus from about Mid Tide Level seen underwater. Image width ca 12 mm.
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Chthamalus stellatus 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 southern, warm-water species recorded on the south and west coasts of the British Isles as far north as the Shetland Isles. The species is less abundant along the channel towards The Isle of Wight, its eastern limit.|
|Habitat information||Recorded in the mid to low eulittoral zone on exposed rocky shores. Its vertical distribution overlaps with Chthamalus montagui and Semibalanus balanoides.|
|Description||An intertidal barnacle with six solid wall plates, an oval-shaped operculum opening, and a membranous base. Juveniles have a kite-shaped opercular opening. The rostral plate is relatively narrow, plates are of roughly equal size, and its rostral plate is not fused with the rostrolateral plates. Usually conical in shape, however when crowded may become tubular. It may reach a diameter of approximately 14 mm, depending on habitat, food availability and level on the shore. The tissue inside the opercular aperture is bright blue with black and orange markings.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Karen Riley 2002. Chthamalus stellatus. Poli'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 21/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=2982>