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Amphibalanus reticulatus
Image courtesy of Prof. Christiane Maria Rocha Farrapeira, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco- UFRPE, Brazil
Amphibalanus reticulatus
Taxonomic Group: Crustaceans-Barnacles


The Reticulated Barnacle, Amphibalanus reticulatus, was first described from southern Japan and is native to the Indo-Pacific region. It has been introduced by shipping to tropical and subtropical waters of the Eastern Pacific, both sides of the Atlantic, and the Eastern Mediterranean. It prefers saline (30-40 PSU), subtidal habitats in warm seas and can be found on a wide range of hard surfaces, including ships' hulls, docks, pilings, mangroves, rocks, oysters, and other shellfish. Amphibalanus reticulatus can have economic impacts through the frequent fouling of ships' hulls and marine structures and is thought to compete with other barnacle species for settlement space.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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