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Gooseneck Barnacles: More Information

Description: Together acting like gently-cupped hands, dozens of off-white plates form two shielding halves around the bulk of the gooseneck (leaf) barnacle’s body.  A tough, brownish, rubbery stalk thicker than your thumb connects the gooseneck barnacle to the rock.  Gooseneck barnacles tend to grow in clumps, and individuals in each clump tend to orient the same way.

Pelagic gooseneck barnacles on a small boat.

A relative, the pelagic gooseneck banacle (Lepas sp.) may be found washed up on Oregon's beaches, especially on hard sided debris such as driftwood, floats etc. This species lives on flotsam throughout the world's oceans (it is called a "cosmopolitan" species).

While this specific species is not likely to be a threat, other non-native, invasive species may be. You can help keep the beach clean by (safely) removing human-made debris that washes up. Find information about beach debris on Oregon's shoreline and how you can help out.





  Kingdom Animalia  -- Animal, animals, animaux  
     Phylum Arthropoda  -- arthropodes, arthropods, Artrópode  
        Subphylum Crustacea Brünnich, 1772 -- crustaceans, crustáceo, crustacés  
           Class Maxillopoda Dahl, 1956  
              Subclass Thecostraca Gruvel, 1905  
                 Infraclass Cirripedia Burmeister, 1834 -- barnacles, bernacles  
                    Superorder Thoracica Darwin, 1854 -- barnacles  
                       Order Pedunculata Lamarck, 1818 -- stalked barnacles  
                          Suborder Scalpellomorpha Newman, 1987  
                             Family Pollicipedidae Leach, 1817  
                                Genus Pollicipes Leach, 1817  
                                   Species Pollicipes polymerus Sowerby, 1833 -- leaf barnacle, gooseneck barnacle

Taxonomic information source: ITIS.gov