Kōrero: Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans

Whale barnacle

Whale barnacle

Whale barnacles (Coronula diadema) attach themselves to the throat and belly of humpback whales. The barnacle shell is made up of a series of calcium carbonate plates. The animal lives within these, attached by its head to a bottom plate that is embedded in the skin of a whale.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, 'Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans - Barnacles and copepods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/8249/whale-barnacle (accessed 24 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006