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Barnacles in Horsey Mere

Nature volume 142, pages 795796 (29 October 1938) | Download Citation



ON July 15, 1938, it was discovered that there Were large numbers of the barnacle Balanus improvisus Darwin, living on the stems of the reeds in Horsey Mere, Norfolk. The water of Horsey Mere and Hickling Broad has been very saline since the sea broke through last spring on February 12, March 1 and April 4, and estimations of the salinity of the surface Water on August 6, made by Mr. A. J. Rudd of the Norfolk Fishery Board, were: Horsey 18.19 per mille, Hickling varying from 21.0 per mille (north end) to 17.5 per mille (Whiteslea).

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    • P. F. HOLMES
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