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First Authentic Report of the Turtle Barnacle Cylindrolepas darwiniana Since its Description in 1916

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Abstract An analysis of museum specimens reveals that reports of the chelonophilic barnacle Cylindrolepas darwiniana are misidentifications of the similar turtle barnacle Platylepas decorata. As a result, contemporary collections from loggerhead and hawksbill sea turtles represent the first report of this turtle barnacle since its description nearly a century ago. Novel morphological characters that clearly distinguish C. darwiniana from other turtle barnacles have been ascertained from the recent specimens and are reported.

Affiliations: 1: Caretta Research Project, P.O. Box 9841, Savannah, Georgia 31412, U.S.A; 2: Department of Biology, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29409, U.S.A


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