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tu·bi·fex

 (to͞o′bə-fĕks′, tyo͞o′-)
n. pl. tubifex or tu·bi·fex·es
Any of various small slender reddish freshwater worms of the genus Tubifex, often used as food for tropical aquarium fish.

[New Latin Tubifex, genus name : Latin tubus, tube + Latin -fex, maker; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
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tubifex

(ˈtjuːbɪˌfɛks)
n, pl -fex or -fexes
(Animals) any small reddish freshwater oligochaete worm of the genus Tubifex; it characteristically lives in a tube in sand and is used as food for aquarium fish
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin tubus tube + facere to make, do]
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tu•bi•fex

(ˈtu bəˌfɛks, ˈtyu-)

n., pl. -fex•es, (esp. collectively) -fex.
any small bottom-dwelling annelid worm of the genus Tubifex, often used as food for aquarium fish.
[< New Latin (1816); see tube, -i-, -fex]
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2010; Jamshidi-Zanjani and Saeedi 2013), there are no data on the species diversity of the Oligochaeta of the region, except the single record of Tubifex tubifex by Pourang (1996).