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
Xylophaga dorsalis (Turton, 1819) - Wood piddock (Marine bivalve images)
Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- shell with mesoplax 1

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- shell with mesoplax 2

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- shell with mesoplax 3

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- dorsal surface of mesoplax 1

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- ventral surface of mesoplax 1

Numerous juvenile specimens of live shells were found in three pieces of timber in a skip in Newlyn Harbour. The timber was likely caught in a trawl off the coast of Cornwall, 11.01.17.

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- interior / valves left and right 1

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- interior / valves left and right 2

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- interior / valves left and right 3

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- interior / valves left and right 4

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- exterior / valves left and right 1

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- exterior / valves left and right 2

Wood piddock
Xylophaga dorsalis

- exterior / valves left and right 3

Above, images of shells in my own personal collection. Shells featured here were collected in 1997 from wood washed up near Paimpol, on the Atlantic coast of France. Shell size 6.2mm across, specimen featured was purchased from Guido T. Poppe - Philippe Poppe, Conchology, Inc..

Species historically recorded from Cornwall at Falmouth, Lizard and Lands End.

Scientific and European Names:
Xylophaga dorsalis, Pholas xilophaga, Teredo dorsalis (basionym), Wood piddock, Trae-boremusling, Houtboormossel.

Location information provided by the author and from the ERICA records database for Cornwall. Scientific and Common Names used are largely gained from from the WoRMS Database.

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.

Xylophaga dorsalis Wood piddock Marine Bivalve 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.