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2023-07-18 Snargl 1 minute 14 seconds
What kind of animal is Balianus?
Balianus is a genus of acorn barnacles, which are crustaceans related to shrimp, lobsters, and crabs.
They live in marine environments, especially on rocky shores and ship hulls.
They have a cone-shaped shell made of six fused plates, with a hole on the top that they can open and close.
They are sessile, meaning they attach themselves to a surface with a strong glue and stay there for the rest of their lives.
They feed on plankton and detritus by sweeping the water with their feathery legs.
They are also hermaphroditic, meaning they have both male and female sex organs, and they fertilize each other’s eggs internally.
They can live for up to seven years.
Some additional information that you might find interesting:
- Acorn barnacles can cause problems for ships, as they increase the drag and fuel consumption.
- They can also introduce invasive species to new areas by hitching a ride on the ships’ ballast water.
- Acorn barnacles can withstand extreme temperatures and salinity levels, as well as exposure to air during low tide.
- Acorn barnacles have the largest penis relative to their body size among animals, as they need to reach their neighbors for mating.
Example of the color palette for the image of Balianus
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
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