Reproductive Biology

Nesting often occurs inside barnacle shells, and controversy exists over whether the female or the male tends the eggs, or whether a mated pair trade off guarding duties. Parental care includes assisting hatching, the parent sucking out hatchlings and spitting them upward into the water. A young female spawns a single mass of eggs in late winter or spring, but with increasing age the females start reproducing with increasing frequency until, at a decade of age, captive females reproduce year-round.

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