Goose Barnacle (species: Lepas sp) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lepas sp
Goose Barnacle

©Anne Hoggett: Goose barnacles on a floating log at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Goose barnacles showing some stalks.

©Anne Hoggett: Closeup of a goose barnacle showing fine ridges on the plates.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Hexanauplia
Order Lepadiformes
Family Lepadidae
Genus Lepas
Species Lepas sp
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

A stalked barnacle with a main body, or capitulum, made up of five plates. The capitulum is up to 25 mm long. The plates are white to pale grey with an orange outline that mostly disappears in dead animals. The plates have very fine ridges. The stalk is brown and about as long as the capitulum, sometimes up to twice as long.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: Goose barnacles appear occasionally at Lizard Island, attached to floating debris. When present, they can be in very high numbers.

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