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ABSTRACT Scalpellomorph barnacles (Thoracica: Pedunculata) are stalked, with a capitulum bearing 6 or more calcified or partly calcified plates. They are poorly known and are rare in museum collections. Species descriptions are often based on 1 or few specimens. It is often difficult to assign species to many of the proposed scalpellid genera. This paper describes techniques being developed to provide comprehensive descriptions of recent rich Australian collections. Because some species are known by only a few individuals, emphasis has been placed on techniques which minimize trauma to the specimen. Conchological techniques are used to examine the calcareous capitular plates, since their arrangement is of systematic, ontogenetic, and phylogenetic significance. Consideration is also given to staining techniques, since descriptions of morphological details of trophi, cirri, and complemental or dwarf males (if present) are lacking for many species.


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