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Megabalanus coccopoma
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Megabalanus coccopoma
Taxonomic Group: Crustaceans-Barnacles
Common name: TITAN ACORN BARNACLE

Overview:

The Titan Acorn Barnacle, Megabalanus coccopoma, is a large barnacle growing up to 5 cm in height and width. It is native to the Eastern Pacific, ranging from Mexico to Peru. In the United States, it was first reported as introduced in Louisiana in 2001 and its non-native range now extends throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Elsewhere in the world, introduced populations have been reported from Belgium, the Netherlands, West Africa, Brazil, Australia and Japan. Megabalanus coccopoma is currently rare in US waters; however, within its native range, from Mexico to Peru, it is a common fouling species on boats, ships, buoys, and other man-made structures.

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Citation:

Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis/.
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