Teredolites (Leymerie, 1842)


DESCRIPTION: Clusters of elongate to short, clavate-shaped (club-like) to flask-shaped tubes in woodgrounds, evenly tapers from base of primary chamber to aperture; neck region is not separate from chamber, with circular – subcircular cross-section; vertical to oblique to bedding. Can have thin calcareous linings (Kelly and Bromley, 1984).

BEHAVIOR(S): Dwelling and feeding trace made by wood-boring bivalves or suspension feeders.

ENVIRONMENTAL SETTINGS: Woodgrounds (i.e. coal, peat, or wood) submerged in open marine waters.

POSSIBLE TRACEMAKERS: “Shipworms”, wood boring bivalves.

GEOLOGIC RANGE: Cretaceous-recent

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES: (Emended: Kelly and Bromley, 1984)(Bromley et al., 1984)(Savrda, 1991)