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Species of the Month August 2006

Volcano barnacle - (C) Fiona Crouch

Common name: Volcano barnacle

Latin name: Balanus perforatus.

A type of barnacle (Crustacea)



Key Features

  • 'Volcano' shaped, with small oval opening.
  • Purplish-grey colour.
  • Small opening .
  • Shell up to 30 mm.
  • Found in small groups or individuals.

Where to look:

Middle and lower shore, on rocks and in crevices.

Effects of warming sea:

Will become more common in Britain and be found further north.

More information:

Click here find out more about this species on the MarLIN website