Published Online: 15 JAN 2007
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Cohen, B. L. 2007. Brachiopoda. eLS. .
- Published Online: 15 JAN 2007
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A phylum of predominantly sessile, filter-feeding marine invertebrates, with a ciliated, tentaculate feeding organ or lophophore and a bivalved shell. The two main living types (with either articulated or inarticulated valves) first appeared in the Lower Cambrian. Articulated forms give the phylum its common name: ‘lamp shells’. In recent molecular analyses, brachiopods and phoronids form a single clade.
- inarticulate brachiopod;
- articulate brachiopod;