Meaning of serpulid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsəːpjʊlɪd/


  • A small marine fan worm which lives in a twisted shell-like tube, typically in colonies, with retractable tentacles for filter-feeding.

    Family Serpulidae, class Polychaeta

    ‘In addition, from a uniformitarian viewpoint, it seems more likely that the Figuroa tubes are those of vestimentiferans rather than serpulids.’
    • ‘The organism may have extended a filtering organ out of the single opening as a modern serpulid does from its tube.’
    • ‘In addition, the tubes of serpulids have distinct lamellae in cross-section.’
    • ‘In this regard their mode of life may have been quite similar to fossil and recent species of tubicolous polychaete worms, such as serpulids.’
    • ‘These build-ups are made up of bryozoans (mostly robust-branching and minor laminar forms), bivalves and coralline algae, accompanied by echinoids, brachiopods, barnacles, ahermatypic corals, serpulids and vermetids.’


Late 19th century from modern Latin Serpulidae (plural), from late Latin serpula ‘small serpent’, from Latin serpere ‘to creep’.