Prof Patrick De Deckker (ANU) is after a few specimens of the goose barnacle for geochemical analyses of parts of the plates[by a French colleague]. He needs them by mid March.
The species he is after is: Lepas (Anatifa) anatifera striata. See image at the following web site:
or refer to the photo attached here.
Patrick would like to have specimens attached to pumice to enable him, by looking at the early stages of growth, to study whether the specimens first grew in the subtropics [such as near volcanoes around Vanuatu].
If there are specimens which had been attached to wharves or floating platforms or perhaps boats for which water temperature and salinity could be recorded, this could relate to the latter part of the life of the animals.
They are illustrated in Dakin’s book on figure 45 if he recalls it well.
Patrick offers to pay for any expenses incurred to find the specimens and posting them to him at:
Patrick De Deckker, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, 142 Mills Road. Canberra ACT 2600.
His telephone number is 6125 2070 [with answering machine] and e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide details of collector, time of collection, collection site. A photo of the site would be useful.