On the Origin of a Novel Parasitic-Feeding Mode within Suspension-Feeding Barnacles

  title={On the Origin of a Novel Parasitic-Feeding Mode within Suspension-Feeding Barnacles},
  author={David John Rees and Christoph Noever and Jens Thorvald H\oeg and Anders Ommundsen and Henrik Glenner},
  journal={Current Biology},
In his monograph on Cirripedia from 1851, Darwin pointed to a highly unusual, plateless, and most likely parasitic barnacle of uncertain phylogenetic affinity. Darwin's barnacle was Anelasma squalicola, found on deep-water sharks of the family Etmopteridae, or lantern sharks. The barnacle is uncommon and is therefore rarely studied. Recent observations by us have shown that they occur at an unusually high prevalence on the velvet belly lantern shark, Etmopterus spinax, in restricted fjord areas… CONTINUE READING
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