Despite its name, the giant shipworm
is actually part of the bivalve family, putting it in the same category as clams and mussels.
Quirks of ocean currents may have turned the waters around Antarctica into a rare sanctuary for wooden shipwrecks, free of the destructive mollusks known as shipworms
The research team initially focused on shipworms
because the animals' creative use of bacteria to convert wood - a poor food source lacking proteins or nitrogen - into a suitable food source where the animal can both live and feed.
(broma) were a common blight for wooden vessels operating in warm waters, particularly in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
Mechanisms of wood digestion in the shipworm
Bankia gouldi Bartsch: Enzyme degradation of celluloses, hemicelluloses, and wood cell walls Biological Bulletin, 155: 297-316.
Marine borer damage, including gribble and shipworm
damage, could be observed in old piling stubs along the shoreline and in driftwood samples in the area.
His boots trod again a damp crackling mast, razor shells, squeaking pebbles, that on the unnumbered pebbles beats, wood sieved by the shipworm
, lost Armada.
Its hull was made of oak,and to protect it from shipworm
,or teredo navalis, which burrows into timber, it was completely sheathed below the waterline in copper.
In the sea there are several animals that burrow into and live in wood under the water; the commonest of these are the teredo, or shipworm
, and the gribble," Edlin and Nimmo say.
This same method had been used centuries ago in Europe to protect the face of dykes, but was abandoned after shipworm
(Teredo navalis) invaded the waters of northwestern Europe in the first half of the 18th Century.
There are many more AIS that are common to two or more states in the coastal West: hydrilla, zebra mussel, spartina, purple loosestrife, Asian copepod, milfoil, Asian clam, Manila clam, and shipworm
are just a very few.
Uptake and utilization of amino acids by the shipworm
increment cores as a basis for assessment, not only because the larger diameter core size increases the probability of intersecting a shipworm
tunnel, but also because it has a greater surface area for evaluating Limnoria damage which is normally restricted to the pile surface.
History becomes merely the wreckage of past times, driftwood mired in the sand, "sieved by the shipworm
, lost Armada" (41).
The bacterium parlays nitrogen from seawater into protein like nutrients for the shipworm
's diet while being nourished by metabolites produced by the shipworm