Naval shipworms are marine and estuarine organisms inhabiting various submerged wooden substrates including floating wood, ships, or wharfs. Part of their larval stage is spent free-swimming in water. While they can tolerate low saline levels (up to 5 ppt), they flourish at levels greater than 9 ppt. Their optimal temperature range is 15 to 25 degrees Celsius and, as a result, T. navalis can be found in temperate and tropical zones.
Habitat Regions: temperate ; tropical
Aquatic Biomes: coastal ; brackish water
Other Habitat Features: estuarine
- Tuente, U., D. Piepenburg, M. Spindler. 2002. Occurence and settlement of the common shipworm Teredo navalis (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) in Bremerhaven harbours, northern Germany. Helgoland Marine Research, 56: 87-94.