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Philippines: Scientists discover legendary five-foot long shipworm

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April 18, 2017 at 19:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Philippines: Scientists discover legendary five-foot long shipworm

Scientists from the University of North-eastern Philippines in the City of Iriga, Camarines Sur, discovered a five-foot long living specimen of a shipworm named the Kuphus polythalami, on Monday.

The giant shipworm, which was found in a tusk-like shell, was confirmed to be different from other species of shipworms, making its home in gas-emitting mud rather than the wood of trees washed in the ocean.

The discovery is historic as, whilst shells of the worm have been documented for three centuries, it is the first time scientists have been able to access the animal living inside.

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MANDATORY CREDIT TO: Discovery of chemoautotrophic symbiosis in the giant shipworm Kuphus polythalamia (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) extends wooden-steps theory. Daniel L. Distel et al. , Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2017

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Philippines: Scientists discover legendary five-foot long shipworm

Scientists from the University of North-eastern Philippines in the City of Iriga, Camarines Sur, discovered a five-foot long living specimen of a shipworm named the Kuphus polythalami, on Monday.

The giant shipworm, which was found in a tusk-like shell, was confirmed to be different from other species of shipworms, making its home in gas-emitting mud rather than the wood of trees washed in the ocean.

The discovery is historic as, whilst shells of the worm have been documented for three centuries, it is the first time scientists have been able to access the animal living inside.

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