[lof-uh-fawr, -fohr, loh-fuh-]
- the ring of ciliated tentacles encircling the mouth of a bryozoan or phoronid.
- a similar organ in a brachiopod, composed of two ciliated, spirally coiled tentacles.
Origin of lophophore
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Lip which overhangs the mouth and runs all round the lophophore.
The lophophore and stalk are largely composed of this tissue.
Lophophore: The disk bearing the mouth and circlet of ciliated tentacles.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
- a circle or horseshoe of ciliated tentacles surrounding the mouth and used for the capture of food in minute sessile animals of the phyla Brachiopoda, Phoronida, and Ectoprocta
- A horseshoe-shaped ciliated organ located near the mouth of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to gather food.
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