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Phylum Phoronida Number of families 1

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Sedentary, infaunal, benthic suspension-feeders with a vermiform (worm-like) body that bears a lophophore and is enclosed in a slender tube in which the animal moves freely and is anchored by an ampulla.

Photo: A golden phoronid (Phoronopsis califor-nica) in Madeira (Sao Pedro, southeast coast, about 100 ft [30 m] depth) showing the helicoidal shape of the lophophore. (Photo by Peter Wirtz. Reproduced by permission.)

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