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Tubeworm
1) General term for a worm living in a tube of its own construction (e.g. composed of mucus, cemented sand grains or a calcareous material) rather than a burrow alone. 2) Common name for members of the Family Serpulidae (Class Polychaeta), which secrete calcareous tubes or Family Spirorbidae (Class Polychaeta), which secrete spiral-shaped calcareous tubes.

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