Are these Coronula diadema
and Conchoderma auritum
? I hardly know anything about barnacles, but the ones shown here certainly resemble those two species. I just don't know if there are other possibilities given the context. The Coronula
(the ones that look like "normal" barnacles) were about 10 cm in diameter, I think, though it was kind of hard to tell, since they were on the chin of a living humpback whale. Observed near the Farallon Islands, ~60 km west of San Francisco, CA, USA. Also, I've read that Conchoderma
is merely a commensal epibiont on Coronula
, but it really looks like it's bursting out of the inside of some of these barnacles, which seems somewhat less than harmless. Is this just a weird angle, or is Conchoderma
also a parasite?