Using growth rates to estimate age of the sea turtle barnacle Chelonibia testudinaria

@article{Doell2017UsingGR,
  title={Using growth rates to estimate age of the sea turtle barnacle Chelonibia testudinaria},
  author={Sophie A. Doell and R. Connolly and C. Limpus and Ryan M. Pearson and J. P. van de Merwe},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={164},
  pages={1-7}
}
Epibionts can serve as valuable ecological indicators, providing information about the behaviour or health of the host. The use of epibionts as indicators is, however, often limited by a lack of knowledge about the basic ecology of these ‘hitchhikers’. This study investigated the growth rates of a turtle barnacle, Chelonibia testudinaria, under natural conditions, and then used the resulting growth curve to estimate the barnacle’s age. Repeat morphometric measurements (length and basal area) on… Expand
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