TRANSACTIONS OF THE HULL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Volume 5, page 41-42

 

 

WINTER SESSION, 1899 - 1900

 

LECTURES, PAPERS, Etc.

 

TEREDO AMPHISBAENA AT SOUTH FEIRIBY.

 

The specimen, which Mr. Jukes Brown has determined to be of this species, was taken from the large chalk quarry (Ferriby cliff) on the south shore of the Humber, in August 1899. The fossil is not rare in the southern counties, but we believe this to be its first record in the Hull district. The following particulars regarding the genus Teredo are taken from Nicholson and Lydekker's Manual of Palaeontology.

 

"In Teredo, the shell is globular, open in front and behind, lodged at the inner extremity of a burrow partly or entirely lined by shell."

 

" Species of Teredo occasionally reach a very large size, and they are known in the fossil state both by their shells and by their burrow. The genus seems to have commenced in the Lias, and is well represented in the present day. Numerous Tertiary species are known, but the recognition of the existence of the ' Ship-worms' in past time very generally depends simply upon the presence of their filled-up burrows in fossil wood."

 

J. W. STATHER.

 

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