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>The English name of this species, and the scientific name of the Brent goose B. bernicla, come from the old fable that barnacle geese were produced from barnacles (Lepadidae), molluscs that grow on timber exposed to salt water.<


Correction: Barnacles are not mollusks, as they do not belong to phylum Mollusca. They are instead members of phylum Arthropoda (clas Crustacea). Their clam-like appearance baffled zoologists until famous 19th century Swiss-American zoologist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz said that a barnacle is "nothing more than a little shrimp-like animal, standing on its head in a limestone house and kicking food into its mouth."

The taxonomical classification for Barnacles: phylum Arthropoda class Crustacea subclass Cirripedia order Thoracica family Lepadidae.

SOURCE: Life, The Science of Biology (6th Edition) by Purves, Sadava, Orians & Heller

Word history[edit]

(according to the Wikipedia article on barnacles, this is not true; it states that the "Barnacle Goose" was named after the "Goose Barnacle") -- 2010-02-24T04:27:40 User: (moved from article page)
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Though it is not 100% clear that the word started by referring to the goose, our sources clearly indicate that that is the preferred theory. The barnacle article should be corrected. --macrakis (talk) 14:20, 24 February 2010 (UTC)
According to my Ornithology textbook (Ornithology, Frank B. Gill, third edition, p.273), the Barnacle Goose is in fact named after the goose barnacle,
"Another legend, which persisted for five centuries until the 1600s, concerned the Barnacle Goose of northern Europe. Its high Arctic breeding grounds were unknown in medieval times, and the birds appeared mysteriously each winter, arising, it was said, directly from the goose-shaped barnacles (Lepas) that rode ashore on driftwood".
The textbook cites The Oxford Book of British Bird Names (1984). Does anyone have a better source saying otherwise? If not, perhaps we should change the article. (talk) 00:51, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
Both the barnacle and the barnacle goose article correctly say that the name 'barnacle' originally referred to the goose, not the crustacean. So what exactly do you want to change? --Macrakis (talk) 02:23, 10 February 2011 (UTC)


As C, as missing much on breeding and diet. A bit choppy too.Casliber (talk · contribs) 06:13, 18 July 2010 (UTC)

why take care to separate? and what do they collect?[edit]

"Occasionally, a wild bird will appear in the Northeastern United States or Canada, but care must be taken to separate out wild birds from escaped individuals, as barnacle geese are popular waterfowl with collectors."  I don't get the import of this sentence.  Do collectors raise them?  And separating out wild birds from escaped individuals:  how is this done?  To whom is it a concern?  --Richardson mcphillips (talk) 13:49, 13 February 2015 (UTC)


This section is very confusingly written and would benefit from an update. Beowulf (talk) 12:08, 2 September 2015 (UTC)