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Title: The strength of adhesion of the barnacle, Balanus glandula, to different rocky substrata
Student Author(s): Harle, Jim
Faculty Advisor(s): Denny, Mark
Pages: 19
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1990
Abstract: Measurements were made of the force required to break the barnacle Balanus glandula while the animal was attached to four different rocky substrata. Force was exerted on the barnacle normal to the substrate surface and the dislodgement force was recorded. In general, force was not proportional to barnacle size and barnacles were stronger on stronger rocks. The results are discussed in the context of the environmental hydrodynamic forces encountered and the population genetics of B. glandula.