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Cluster of Purple-Striped Barnacles

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Cluster of Purple-Striped Barnacles
Balanus psittacus is a marine crustacean of the subclass, Cirripedia. It is completely sedentary in the adult stage. Its loss of power of locomotion leaves little trace of its resemblance to other crustaceans. This purple-striped barnacle can attain a growth of up to 9" in length and 3" in diameter. It is native to Chile where fleshy portions of the body are much relished as seafood. This particular cluster consists of 8 barnacles is still attached to its rocky base. Each barnacle ranges in length from 1 to 3" and 2 1/2" in diameter. The purple striping enhances the sculptural quality of the cluster. It was purchased in the early 1980's and was part of an aquarium design. References available upon request. Size: ~ 9" H x 5"; Weight: ~ 713 grams

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