An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Bankia gouldi (Bartsch, 1908) - A Shipworm (Marine bivalve images)
Bankia gouldi
A Shipworm
- pallets / paddles in-situ 1

Bankia gouldi
A Shipworm
- pallets / paddles pair 1

Bankia gouldi
A Shipworm
- pallets / paddles with scale 1

Images of species taken at Sennen Cove, Penwith, Cornwall. 15.12.11. SW 35630 26665.

Scientific and European Names:
Bankia gouldi, Bankia, Shipworm, Teredinidae.

The species was found on and within a short piece of sleeper type timber. The timber also contained the shipworms Teredora malleolus and Nototeredo norvagica; and also two, one male and one female Planes minutus, known as Columbus crabs. The timber had obviously drifted across the Atlantic from the Western Atlantic or Caribbean Sea.

There are currently 12 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

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

Bankia gouldi 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.