Lamp Shells

A lamp shell may look like a mollusc, but it’s actually a brachiopod. A brachiopod has a very unusual internal anatomy built for filter feeding with tiny, moving hairs called cilia. Lamp shells look a bit like clams, except that they are attached to the seabed by a stalk called a peduncle. The shell is filled with a unique lophophore filtration organ for feeding.

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