One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A horseshoe-shaped structure bearing ciliated tentacles around the mouth in certain small marine invertebrates.
- ‘The lophophore, a ciliated, tentacular organ for feeding, of varying three-dimensional morphology, is suspended between the mantles.’
- ‘The brachidium is a structure which supports the lophophore, the feeding organ of brachiopods.’
- ‘The mouth is surrounded by the ciliated feeding structure known as a lophophore.’
- ‘Furthermore, the mouth is always located inside the lophophore ring of tentacles, while the anus lies outside the ring.’
- ‘Through this opening, the lophophore, a ring of ciliated tentacles centered on the mouth, protrudes to capture small food particles.’
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