Scientists find living giant shipworm in Philippines

Dhaka,  Sat,  29 July 2017
Published : 18 Apr 2017, 20:21:13
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Scientists find living giant shipworm in Philippines

Scientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time, in the Philippines, according to a media report.

Details of the creature, which can reach up to 1.55m (5ft) in length and 6cm (2.3in) in diameter, were published in a US science journal.

The giant shipworm spends its life encased in a hard shell, submerged head-down in mud, which it feeds on. 

Though its existence has been known for years, no living specimen had been studied until now.

Despite its name it is actually a bivalve, which is the same group as clams and mussels.

The "rare and enigmatic species" is the longest living bivalve known to man, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

The team of scientists from the US, the Philippines and France recently found and collected five giant shipworms in Mindanao in a marine bay.
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