Boat-Clinging Shellfish Crossword
Boat-clinging shellfish crossword clue. THE BIG ONE crossword puzzle question on The Courier-Mail on Friday, 16 Jun 2017. 9 letters.
The answer: BARNACLES
A barnacle is a type of arthropod constituting the infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea, and is hence related to crabs and lobsters. Barnacles are exclusively marine, and tend to live in shallow and tidal waters, typically in erosive settings. They are sessile (nonmotile) suspension feeders, and have two nektonic (active swimming) larval stages. Around 1,220 barnacle species are currently known. The name “Cirripedia” is Latin, meaning “curl-footed”.
Barnacles have no true heart, although a sinus close to the esophagus performs similar function, with blood being pumped through it by a series of muscles. The blood vascular system is minimal. Similarly, they have no gills, absorbing oxygen from the water through their limbs and the inner membrane of their carapaces. The excretory organs of barnacles are maxillary glands.