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 (to͞ob′wûrm′, tyo͞ob′-)
Any of various chiefly marine worms or wormlike invertebrates of the phyla Annelida and Phoronida that live inside tubular cases made of chitinous or calcareous secretions or of particles of sand or mud.


(Animals) any of various polychaete worms that construct and live in a tube made of sand, lime, etc


or tube′ worm`,

any of various marine worms that produce and inhabit a tube.
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Once microorganisms, most often marine crustaceans such as barnacles and tubeworms, settle on the walls of a ship, the originally smooth surface becomes rough.
The discovery gives wider insights into future research on the mechanisms of symbiosis in other marine organisms such as giant tubeworms and giant clams.
Yet despite these seemingly harsh conditions, the areas near these vents support lush communities of life, which can range from six-foot-tall tubeworms to microscopic single-cell organisms.
Some SMS sites have low biodiversity, but others are populated by a rich assemblage of species, including tubeworms, clams, snails, shrimp, crabs, and cold-water corals.
These hydrocarbons may be food for some of the unusual creatures found in the vents, including large colonies of tubeworms.
Biofouling typically consists of complex biological species from the following main categories: bacteria, diatoms, tunicates, bryozoans, tubeworms, algae, barnacles, and mussels.
These in turn support a startling number of tubeworms, shrimp, snails, crabs, and many other species.
They also discovered Anemones, corals, sea stars, fish, crustaceans and tubeworms near the pool, according to (http://www.
When I consider the adverse conditions under which life has shown itself-giant clams, mussels, tubeworms etc, living on sulphur instead of oxygen in submarine "black smokers", creatures living in dark caves or microbes deeply buried-it is hard not to think that there must be a life force, which, when a suitable organic chemical arrangement presents itself, invades it and turns it into a living thing.
Copper has been employed as a bactericide, molluscicide, and fungicide and exhibits antifouling activities against organisms such as barnacles, tubeworms and the majority of algal fouling species.