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Old 09-29-2003, 04:45 PM   #1
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I noticed today that there's a creature riding on one of my snails.. the snail is 1 1/2 inch in size, and the creature is encrusted on the snail's shell. The creature is only maybe 1/4". It has a mouth that looks like a short pair of pliers, and a feathery "tongue" slurps in and out of it's mouth quickly. Hard to get pics of him thus far. 8O it is definitely a weird little critter, has anyone seen one of these things? Thanks, Erik
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is it a barnicle?
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Aha! I looked up a pic of a barnacle and that has to be it! The mouth on it looks just like that. I even found a video of a barnacle on http://www.vattenkikaren.gu.se/fakta/arter/crustace/cirriped/semibala/semiba1e.html and yes that is definitely a barnacle. I never woulda guessed, I am a real land lubber huh!! Thanks for your help on this I appreciate it! -Erik
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