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Bankia setacea  (Feathery Shipworm)

Photo of Bankia setacea by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2249)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Halibut Point, Sitka Sound, Alaska Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat In floating timbers, docks, boats etc.
Photo Date Upload Date October 26, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2249
Notes The shipworm is an all too common pest. In the age of mainly wooden ships these unusual bivalves were often the end of a boat's life. The greatly reduced bivalved shell are used to bore long tunnels into wood. The 'pallets' protect the opening to the burrow where the clam's siphons protrude.


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