Barnacle Cyprid

Such a lucky evening, I had to post twice. While doing a flashlight run of the critters in the seaweed, I found this crawling around on the surface.

Without question, it’s a barnacle cyprid looking for a place to settle down and call home. Back into the water it goes to continue its search, but I say again, I should never utter the phrase “not much is living in there.”

Tom, enjoy!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Hata says:

    Beautiful!! Matt, I’m incredibly jealous of this footage. A good part of my dissertation work was thinking about how larvae like barnacle cyprids can attach to the substrate and settle out in the intertidal.

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    What an incredible discovery Matt!! it’s trying to find a place to attach.. the morphology is really interesting. I will have to ask Tom to explain barnacle anatomy to me soon.

    I could not agree more with your statement – never say “not much is living here” – i just found 15 different species of wasps in the weeds behind my house. Don’t even know how to actually begin to capture it all – I need another life time 🙂 But only if the broader Foldscope community got behind and started sharing – we could map the true biodiversity of this planet – specially the microscopic players..

    Incredible work.


  3. Matthew Rossi says:

    @Manu, I would love to see a visual mapping tool developed that would let us see the different species we’re all finding (of course, I’d have to get better at identifying species, myself) and see where they all come from. The international quality of the Foldscope community is such a benefit to us. As you’ve pointed out, the oceans I pull creatures from are literally the same waters as someone in Brazil or West Africa or England might be pulling from. Different creatures, but the same waters creating a continuum between us.

  4. Matthew Rossi says:

    I should note, also, that this video helps me understand barnacle anatomy better than any diagram I’ve ever looked at. I’ve had a hard time reckoning how a creature with the body of a shrimp turns into a turret with the body of a clam. But I can see it now. The shell we see is the carapace of the barnacle, nested in a secretion of calcium, and it’s resting on what we would perceive as the back, facing upward.

  5. laksiyer says:

    Incredible. Yes we need more methods of retrieval of species. Right now the tags work well but if we could browse a tree of life that would be fun too.

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