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First record of Xenobalanus globicipitis (Cirripedia: Coronulidae) on Stenella coeruleoalba (Cetacea: Delphinidae) in the oligotrophic waters of north-eastern Brazil

  • Felipe Bezerra Ribeiro (a1), Vitor Luz Carvalho (a2) (a3), Cláudia Maria Leal Bevilaqua (a2) and Luis Ernesto Arruda Bezerra (a1) (a4)


The present contribution reports for the first time the sessile barnacle Xenobalanus globicipitis as an epizoic of the striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba in the oligotrophic waters of north-eastern Brazil. One barnacle specimen was found on a dead cetacean in Ceará State, north-eastern Brazil. Diagnosis and figures of the barnacle are provided and the relationship between the epizoic and the host discussed.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: L.E.A. Bezerra, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus Pici, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil 60 455-760, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil email:


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First record of Xenobalanus globicipitis (Cirripedia: Coronulidae) on Stenella coeruleoalba (Cetacea: Delphinidae) in the oligotrophic waters of north-eastern Brazil

  • Felipe Bezerra Ribeiro (a1), Vitor Luz Carvalho (a2) (a3), Cláudia Maria Leal Bevilaqua (a2) and Luis Ernesto Arruda Bezerra (a1) (a4)


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