APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that is found in the coastal waters
and rockpools of south-west England. Images by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Psiloteredo megotara (Hanley in Forbes & Hanley, 1848) - Big-ear shipworm
Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 2

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 3

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 4

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 5

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 6

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- live animal / with rule 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear of Drifting shipworm
- live animal 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- boring in wood 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- boring in wood 2

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 7

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pair 8

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pairs 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pairs 2

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pairs 3

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve pairs 4

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear of Drifting shipworm
- shell valve 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valve 2

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valves 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valves 2

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- shell valves 3

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- paddles 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- paddles 2

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- paddles 3

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- in tree roots and trunk 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- holes / burrows in wood 1

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- holes / burrows in wood 2

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- holes / burrows in wood 3

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- holes / burrows in wood 4

Psiloteredo megotara
Big-ear or Drifting shipworm
- species comparison 1

Scientific and European Names:
Psiloteredo megotara, Big-ear shipworm, Drifting shipworm, Psiloteredo, Shipworm, Skibspaeleorm, Scheepsworm, Teredinidae.

Images featured of this species were not taken in the Devon and Cornwall region. The images are of shells kindly loaded to me for the purposes of study, and after finding shipworms locally in Penzance.

Shipworms are notoriously difficult to identify and almost impossible to identify with any surity in the field. It is hoped that in providing a range of images of species here it may well help people identify and record species of shipworm, or at least give them a better idea of what they dealing with.

There are currently 11 species of shipworms that have been found in the UK, some are considered native, some are not. I say currently because there's always the chance of finding something new on wood that has floated around the Atlantic for some time.

Species found in the UK -
Lyrodus bipartitus
Lyrodus pedicellatus
Psiloteredo megotara
= Teredo navalis

Teredora malleolus
Teredothyra excavata
Bankia bipennata
Bankia fimbriatula
Bankia gouldi
Nausitora fusticula
Nototeredo norvagica
Spathoteredo spatha

A big thank you to Dr. Jan Light of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland for help with this page.

If anyone has material of species not featured here and are prepared to loan them to me, please get in touch. E-Mail.

Psiloteredo megotara Big Ear Shipworm Teredinidae Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.