African Zoology

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Goose barnacles on seals and a penguin at Gough Island

Ryan R Reisinger, Marthán N Bester


During a survey of seals in September and October 2009 at Gough Island, South Atlantic Ocean, we recorded goose barnacles (Lepas australis) attached to the pelage of two of the 12 elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) inspected and one of the seven vagrant Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) which were found amongst the resident Subantarctic fur seals (A. tropicalis).We also recorded a goose barnacle attached to a Northern rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome moseleyi).

African Zoology 45(1): 129–132 (April 2010)
AJOL African Journals Online