shipworm

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shipworm

any marine bivalve mollusc such as Teredo, that bores into woodwork by rotary action of the two shell valves and swallows the sawdust, which is then attacked by special enzymes that make possible the digestion of cellulose.
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Teredo navalis severely damaged infrastructure in northern San Francisco Bay, including causing the collapse of several structures in the Carquinez Strait (Figure l).
vermes que perforant navigie', which translates as 'in this gulf Corabaru worms are born which bore through ships'--a reference to the shipworm Teredo navalis.
Physiological and biochemical energetics of larvae of Teredo navalis L.