has a short leathery stalk or peduncle
supporting an upper region or capitulum, the whole being up to 5 cm (2 in) long. The peduncle is muscular and contractile and its surface is covered with fine scales. The capitulum is protected by eight large, sheathing scales and a ring of about twenty tiny scales surround the joint of capitulum and peduncle. Inside these scales is a cavity containing the head and thorax of the animal and its appendages.
Distribution and habitat
occurs in the South China Sea
and the East China Sea
It is found attached to rocks in the lower part of the intertidal zone
in areas with strong currents. It typically occurs crowded with others in cracks and grooves on otherwise smooth rocky surfaces. The barnacle Tetraclita squamosa
often occurs in the same locations and grows alongside it, and the primitive barnacle Ibla cumingi
may grow in between or on the larger capitulum plates.
When under water, Capitulum mitella
extends its five hind pairs of thoracic legs
and spreads them out in the current like a net. It uses the front pair of legs to manipulate the objects it catches and move them into its mouth. Its diet mainly consists of zooplankton
is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
. Each barnacle is capable of fertilising other nearby individuals by transmitting sperm through a long, fine tube and also of brooding its own eggs in its mantle cavity. When the eggs hatch, the larvae are released into the sea. They have six naupliar
stages during which food reserves are built up and one non-feeding cyprid stage which seeks out a suitable hard surface on which to settle. It then fix itself in place, undergoes metamorphosis
and becomes a sessile juvenile.
In Hong Kong
harbour, where this barnacle can be found growing on pilings
, it often has a nemertean worm (Nemertopsis quadripunctatus)
living inside its mantle cavity and feeding on the eggs being brooded there.
The worm can be 8 cm (3 in) long but only 1 mm (0.04 in) in diameter.
is one of about a dozen species of goose barnacle that are gathered commercially and eaten by humans. These barnacles are a luxury food item in Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China.
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