There are about 335 living species of brachiopod. These animals are ancient, and over 12,000 fossil species are known. They look like clams or other mollusks, but they are not closely related. Brachiopods eat by using a ring of tentacles to draw food into their mouths. The Atlantic lampshell lives in the deep ocean at depths of up to 20,000 feet.
- “Brachiopod.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachiopod
- “Brachiopoda”. Encyclopedia of Life, available from: http://www.eol.org/pages/1498/entries/34380478/details
- “Pelagodiscus atlanticus”. Sea Lifebase. Available from: http://www.sealifebase.org/summary/speciessummary.php?genusname=Pelagodiscus&speciesname=atlanticus
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