Teredo Navalis — the Cryptogenic Shipworm
The shipworm Teredo navalis is one of the most effective and harmful marine invaders worldwide. It is not clear, whether it invaded Europe from South East Asia or whether it originated in Europe and invaded the rest of the world from there. Recently it reappeared in the Western Baltic causing damages estimated at 25 – 50 Mio Euro along the Baltic coast of Germany alone. An immense reproduction rate and a high resistance to unfavourable environmental circumstances are the keys to its success. Even though mankind has tried to develop counter measures for thousands of years, still there is no easy solution to the shipworm problem in sight.
KeywordsBallast Water Baltic Coast Veliger Stage Wooden Piling Protandric Hermaphrodite
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