APHOTOMARINE

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
Nototeredo norvagica (Spengler, 1792) - Norway shipworm (Marine bivalves)
Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- shell valves 1

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- shell valves 2

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- shell valve 1

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- shell valve 2

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- paddles 1

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- wood / timber / habitat 1

Species found on a low spring tide south-west of Chyandour Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall. 31.08.11.

Also see - Shipworms General

The fossilised timber in which the shipworms are found looks to be part of an ancient lake bed. Hazelnuts and Alder have been identified from this area, which largely consists of peat into which branches and tree bows have fallen. The area, if not covered by sand, can be located by proceeding to the low tide mark on a low spring tide, its easterly extent is in line with the right hand side of the railway signalbox on looking back to the shore. The area extends 50m to the west towards Penzance harbour.

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- shell valves 1

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- shell valves 2

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- shell valve pair 1

Nototeredo norvagica
Norway shipworm
- species comparison 1

Photographs of a collection of Nototeredo norvagica shells from Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales. SH301894. 11.12.06.

Scientific and European Names:
Nototeredo norvagica, Nototeredo norvegica, Nototeredo norvagicus, Teredo norvagica, Teredo norvagicus, Norway shipworm, Noorse paalworm, 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 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.

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

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Helping to understand, identify, record, and conserve molluscs.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Nototeredo norvagica synonym Nototeredo norvegica Norway 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.