"Peanut Wood"
Miles River, NSW, Australia

This "family portrait" image has been produced by teredo worms, which are actually marine mollusks. The worms have aggressively eaten away the wood, the features of which are no longer recognizable. The wood is likely, however, to be conifer since most of the fossilized wood in the area can be recognized as conifer. This is an instance where the wood is recognized by its parasite.
Copyright © 2003 Giraud Foster & Norman Barker