The lophophorates are a group of marine creatures united by possessing a "lophophore" which is a characteristic feeding organ which roughly resembles a sugar scoop fringed with cilia. There are three major groups of lophophorates, the Brachiopoda, Bryozoa and Phoronida, each of which is considered to be a separate phylum.
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Information on this complex feeding structure possessed by members of the groups Brachiopoda, Bryozoa, and Phoronida and the likelihood that they must therefore be descended from a common ancestor.
Information from Wikipedia on the characteristic feeding organ possessed by the three major phyla Brachiopoda, Bryozoa and Phoronida.
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