In the young cirripede, after the metamorphosis, there is no trace of this medial dorsal suture, or of the wider sternal surface.
I could not distinguish the knob on which, in every other cirripede, the palpi are articulated.
This little cirripede is, in many respects, in a partially embryonic condition.
Owing to this circumstance, the skin of the Whale has been mistaken by some authors for parts of the cirripede!
Underneath this slightly prominent and closed mouth, I found all the masticatory organs of a cirripede, in an immature condition.
In this cirripede, I was first enabled to observe that the membrane lining the sack is tubular, and open at the bottom.
|cirripede (sîr'ə-pēd') also cirriped |
Any of various small marine crustaceans of the subclass Cirripedia, which includes the barnacles. Some cirripedes become internal parasites of other marine invertebrates in the adult stage, while others (the barnacles) attach themselves to objects and grow a hard shell. Cirripedes are related to copepods.