The phylum Brachiopoda, or Lamp Shells, contains about 300 living species and about 12,000 extinct species found in the fossil record. Superficially they resemble bivalve molluscs like the cockle, but their internal basic structure is very different. Brachiopods are suspension feeding, marine, benthic lophophorates in two higher taxa, Inarticulata and Articulata.
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Photographs of some live lamp shells and some fossil specimens.
Directory of the specialists working on brachiopods, recent publications, and systematics and taxonomy of the Brachiopoda.
Introduction to the Brachiopoda
Introduction to the Brachiopods, commonly known as lampshells.
The Phylum Brachiopoda
An introduction to the lamp shells including their characteristics, biology, classification and ecology.
Systematics of the Brachiopoda
Information from the University of California Paleontology Museum.
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