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Brachiopods

One strange clam look-alike

Brachiopods, or Lamp shells, have evolved separate from the bivalves they most closely resemble. They are members of the invertebrate phylum Brachiopoda. Brachiopods, use their Brachium, a horseshoe shaped organ shown in the adjacent photo, for respiration and feeding. Brachiopods live sessile lives, attached to rocks in deep calm waters.

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