Ships worm

Different worm-like borers

Besides the ships worm, there is another group of worm-like bivalves that bore into wood. Unlike the genuine ships worm, they do not line their tunnels, and they are found no deeper than 10 m. Of this group, only 2-4 specie are found in Scandinavia, and all belong to the family Xylophaga(which means wood eater). Of the genuine ship worms, only one of the Scandinavian specie is found in driftwood and possibly some other species, as yet not known, along the Scandinavian coasts can be found in driftwood from warmer waters.

Bo Johannesson

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Bores with its shell

Eats wood and plankton

Fertilization in its exhalent siphon

Different worm-like borers

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