Novel records and observations of the barnacle Stephanolepas muricata (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha: Coronuloidea); including a case for chemical mediation in turtle and whale barnacles

Michael G. Frick, John D. Zardus, Arnold Ross, Jesse Senko, Dulce Montano-Valdez, Marcos Bucio-Pacheco, Ingmar Sosa-Cornejo

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Abstract

We report new distribution and host records of the turtle barnacle Stephanolepas muricata Fischer. Ours is the first study to document this species' occurrence in Mexico and in the Atlantic Ocean (North Carolina, Georgia and Florida: USA). We also present the first record of S. muricata from olive ridley sea turtles, Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz). We discuss the physical and ecological characteristics associated with the specimens collected and present evidence suggesting the likelihood of chemical mediation between embedding coronuloid barnacles like S. muricata and host turtles. We provide the first data on the diet and fecundity of S. muricata.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-640
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Natural History
Volume45
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Barnacle
  • Chemical mediation
  • Epibiont
  • Sea turtle
  • Stephanolepas muricata
  • Symbiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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