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Balanus amphitrite or Amphibalanus amphitrite? A note on barnacle nomenclature

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Clare


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In a recent revision of the Balanidae based on morphological systematics, the much studied fouling species Balanus amphitrite was renamed Amphibalanus amphitrite. Here, the case is made for retaining the former nomenclature. Taxonomists are urged to exercise caution before introducing new formal taxonomies, which should ideally be based on several independent lines of evidence.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Clare AS, Hoeg JT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Biofouling

Year: 2008

Volume: 24

Issue: 1

Pages: 55-57

ISSN (print): 0892-7014

ISSN (electronic): 1026-7867

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/08927010701830194


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