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Balanidae


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(order Thoracica, suborder Balanomorpha)

Family of radially symmetrical, balanomorph (sessile symmetrical) barnacles, including the familiar barnacles of the genus Balanus exposed at low tide and characteristic of the littoral zone. Balanus has a fossil record extending back to the Eocene.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Earth Sciences and Geography.


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