Marine Biology

, Volume 120, Issue 2, pp 261–264 | Cite as

Larval development of the pedunculate barnacle Pollicipes cornucopia (Cirripedia: Scalpellomorpha) reared in the laboratory

  • J. Molares
  • F. Tilves
  • C. Pascual


Pollicipes cornucopia (Leach) is a common pedunculate barnacle found in rocky intertidal zones of the Atlantic coast of Spain. Embryos from the capitulum cavity of adults were incubated in the laboratory. Development throughout the seven larval stages (6 nauplius and 1 cypris) was studied in laboratory cultures. Descriptions and distinguishing characteristics are given for each larval stage. Morphological differences between this species and other intertidal barnacle larvae of the NW Spanish coast are discussed.


Distinguishing Characteristic Larval Stage Larval Development Morphological Difference Atlantic Coast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Molares
    • 1
  • F. Tilves
    • 2
  • C. Pascual
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro Investigacións MariñasXunta de GaliciaVillagarcíaSpain
  2. 2.Laboratorio de Tecnología de Productos Pesqueros, Departamento de Biología AnimalUniversidad de Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain

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