Reproductive Biology

Protandric hermaphrodite. Extended excurrent siphon probably (as known in other Teredinidae) used as copulatory organ for sperm transfer to adjacent individual. Larvae are brooded in gills to veliger stage. Juveniles grow to maturity in eight weeks. Several generations produced per year. Capable of invading new wood only at time of larval settlement.

I Teredo navalis I Crassostrea virginica

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