APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Sacculina inflata Leuckart, 1859 - A parasitic barnacle on Common edible crab (Barnacle images)
Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- on Cancer pagurus 1

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- on Cancer pagurus 2

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- on Cancer pagurus 3

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- on Cancer pagurus 4

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- on Cancer pagurus 5

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- barnacle detached 1

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- barnacle aperture 1

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- barnacle aperture 2

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- barnacle aperture with lobes 1

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- with 1.0mm division rule 1

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- fixed and dissected 1

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- fixed and dissected 2

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- fixed and dissected 3

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- fixed and dissected 4

Parasitic barnacle
Sacculina inflata
- eggs under microscope 1

The Common edible crab and parasitic barnacle seen above was found by Rob Durrant, on the lowershore at Lee Bay, near Ilfracombe, North Devon. 18.09.16.

The specimen was fixed in 100% ethanol and dissected a few days after finding. The barnacle appears to contain an egg mass. I am not sure if this is the egg mass of a female barnacle or of a parasite of the parasite.

Identification of this species is based on the paper Diseases of the European edible crab (Cancer pagurus): a review. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 65: 1578–1592. Grant D. Stentiford of the European Community Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Weymouth, Dorset, England.

Sacculina triangularis is now a synonym of Sacculina inflata, ref. WoRMS.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Sacculina inflata parasitic barnacle on Common edible crab Cancer pagurus marine images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.