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Lophophorata

(Superphylum)

Overview

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Several authors (a.o. Emig, 1997) regard Bryozoa, Phoronida and Brachiopoda as belonging to the phylum Lophophorata.

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Taxonomy

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The Superphylum Lophophorata is further organized into finer groupings including:

Phyla

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Brachiopoda

Brachiopods, phylum Brachiopoda, are marine animals that have hard "valves" (shells) on the upper and lower surfaces, unlike the left and right arrangement in bivalve molluscs. Brachiopod valves are hinged at the rear end, while the front can be opened for feeding or closed for protection. Two major groups are recognized, articulate and inarticulate. Articulate brachiopods have toothed hinges and simple opening and closing muscles, while inarticulate brachiopods have untoothed hinges and a more complex system of muscles used to keep the two halves aligned. In a typical brachiopod a stalk-like pedicle projects from an opening in one of the valves, known as the pedicle valve, attaching the animal to the seabed but clear of silt that would obstruct the opening. [more]

At least 6,533 species and subspecies belong to the Phylum Brachiopoda.

More info about the Phylum Brachiopoda may be found here.

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Last Revised: October 03, 2013
2013/10/03 15:34:44