TITLE

Shipworm

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Shipworm, or Teredo, name for a family of shelled marine animals. Although they resemble worms, shipworms are mollusks. A shipworm has along slender body and a small two-part shell attached to the anterior (front) end of the body. The body is very long in relation to the shell; for example, one species commonly found in North American waters can grow up to two feet (60 cm) long, but its shell is only one-half inch (13 mm) long. There are more than 65 shipworm species, ranging in length from 10 inches (25 cm) to more than three feet {90 cm). Shipworms are found in all but polar seas.
ACCESSION #
37310164

 

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