Nonarticulate lampshells

Phylum Brachiopoda Class Inarticulata Number of families 3

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Exclusively marine group of lophophorate animals that are suspension feeders attached at the base to the ocean bottom; they are called "inarticulated" because their shells lack articulation

Photo: A brachiopod lampshell of the genus Lin-gula, showing its stalk and shelled body. (Photo by Biophoto Associates/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

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