Thursday, June 27, 2013

Megabalanus tintinnabulum - A Chorus of Barnacles

Today's scan: A barnacle cluster (detail)
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Hmmm... more voracious maws (though, happily, I never paid Freud much mind)... but, unlike the mesembs, these appear to be singing. 

I am not sure about the identity of these beasties... but, I'm assuming they're some large, striped acorn variety of barnacle... that is, megabalanus tintinnabulum.

In case you're wondering, I'm posting scans of various found (and purchased) objects these days as a type of visual exercise... for myself, that is. But, here's a visual exercise almost anyone can enjoy: gooseneck barnacles. (click on the image - amazing!)

For all you (other) amateur naturalists, a photo of what might be this variety of barnacle in its natural - though, apparently, not native - habitat.

Scan of the full cluster
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  1. They DO appear to be singing...but then, tsk, you point a camera (or scanner) at some things and they just break into an act.

    Love this series of scans -- takes a closer look at the things around us that can always use a bit of high-lighting.

    1. Apparently, everybody and *everything* wants to be a star! ;-)