Tembiluk animals are wood borer worms humans can eat with various benefits.
This animal with the Latin name bactronophorus thoracitesare attractive in Papua for people who like extreme culinary delights.
5 Facts of Tembiluk Animals, Papua Worms Rich in Benefits
Tembiluk belongs to the group of molluscs or shelled invertebrates.
However, because many tembiluk live in rotten wood, these animals are often called worms. The following are facts about ginger which is rich in these benefits:
1. Similar to Earthworms
Tembiluk or tambelo has a similar appearance to earthworms but with a larger size. This animal has two distinctive white fangs and a nest in the wood.
These slimy animals are commonly found in the Papua, West Pacific, and Sulawesi.
2. Must-Try Foods
This worm has various good ingredients and is one of the extreme culinary delights you must try in Papua. If you visit Timika, you can try it.
Tembiluk worms are usually consumed raw or without cooking after cleaning. It tastes salty and sweet, like clams. Many people like the taste of this Papua worm.
3. Used as Traditional Medicine
Residents regard tembiluk as a highly nutritious snack, even as a traditional medicine. They believe tembiluk can be used as a medicine for malaria to increase appetite and breast milk.
Even though it has not been scientifically proven, this traditional medicine has become a cultural belief in Papua and is widely used by the community.
In addition, this Papua worm is also often used as a medicine for diabetes and to increase stamina.
The results showed that this type of worm contains active components that are beneficial for the health of the body.
According to research by the Bogor Agricultural Institute, tembiluk has a nutritional content of 82.51 per cent water.
In addition, curcuma contains 8.21 per cent protein, 3.67 per cent carbohydrates, and 3.34 per cent fat.
4. Likes to Eat wood
Tembiluk likes to eat the wood in swamps or sea areas. On the other hand, tembiluk also likes to gnaw at things made of wood, such as cupboards, chairs, boats, and others.
The nature of currants is detrimental to humans. In some cases, tembiluk can collapse the piers relatively quickly.
Wood that is in direct contact with seawater and brackish water is also very vulnerable to being entered by grubs.
The destructive power generated by the tembiluk is quite mighty. Tembiluk can destroy wood with a diameter of 40 cm in just 2 years.
5. The Tembiluk Artificial Wood Hole is Not Easy to See
Some stingrays are classified as greedy and can make tunnels in wood more than 2 meters. Many stingrays can inhabit a piece of wood or tree trunk.
The worm’s hole is quite challenging to see from the outside. The hole size ranges from 1-3 mm, while the diameter of the hole reaches 1-2 cm or as wide as the size of the body.
Even though a piece of wood looks smooth on the outside, it is possible that the inside is already brittle and eaten by cucumbers.
Once this animal sticks to and gnaws wood, it will not come out of the wood until it dies.
As long as there is still wood to feed it, the tembiluk will survive. Tembiluk can live for about two weeks without being expose to seawater.
Even though it has many benefits, eating tembiluk should not be excessive because it can cause cholesterol. Are you one of those people who are interest in trying tembiluk?