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Pollicipes pollicipes
Gooseneck Barnacle
Stella M. Turk MBE

Pollicipes pollicipes photograph by Ray Dennis

Rick Stein gives recipes

For Pollicipes pollicipes!

An extremely rare treat

That rich gourmets eat

The larvae float freely

Then settle wholly

On rock, shell or stone

They keep as their own.

As they like it rough

One has to be tough

To go where they grow

From ‘The Gib’ to ‘Malo’.


Authors notes

The Land’s End area is the north European limit for the Gooseneck Barnacle but it is so rare here that only six specimens are known: 1880 (2 found by Henry Groves and preserved in the Natural History Museum, South Kensington; 1983-1986 (1 recorded yearly over four years by Raymond Dennis) and 2007 (3 discovered by Keith Hiscock).

*The name rolls of the tongue if you pronounce it as pol-is-ip ees. It has been known as Mitella pollicipes and Pollicipes cornucopia.

Stella M Turk MBE

23rd March 2008

Web Managers notes

Thanks to Ray Dennis for the Pollicipes pollicipes photograph.

There's a good article on Goose Barnacles which Stella wrote for me when I was responsible for the content of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust web site.


More verses by Stella ....