Seatown Rock with Piddock Holes 16

Intertidal rocks with holes made by burrowing bivalves called piddocks contributes to coastal erosion processes.

Seatown Rock Piddock Holes 16 – Rounded holes up to 2cm in diameter marking the burrows of the marine bivalve mollusc called the piddock (Pholas dactylus Linnaeus) in calcareous mudstone belonging to the Belemnite Marl Member of the Charmouth Mudstone Formation at Seatown beach in Dorset, England. Much smaller, almost dumbbell-shaped holes frequently occur around the piddock holes, marking the burrows of marine bristleworms such as the as those created by the Polydora species. It is easy to see that rock damage through high levels of burrowing activity by marine organisms like piddocks and bristleworms, can make a significont contribution to coastal erosion.

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