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Wood Boring Fauna (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 1209

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Attached Fauna
Biotic Group Wood Boring Fauna
Biotic Community Boring Limnoria
Boring Teredo
Boring Bankia


Description
Definition Anthropogenic or natural wood substrate areas characterized or dominated by specialized fauna that have bored into the wood. Several taxa, including teredos or shipworms (bivalves), gribbles (crustaceans), and others have developed the ability to bore into wood so as to obtain food, protection, or both. Once wood-boring fauna have begun to break the wood apart, other fauna will move in to occupy spaces within the wood, feeding on detritus, wood-borers, plankton, and other fauna.