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A circular or horseshoe-shaped structure of ciliated tentacles located around the mouth of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to gather food.

[Greek lophos, crest of a helmet + -phore.]

lo·phoph′o·rate′ (lə-fŏf′ə-rāt′) adj.
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(Zoology) 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
ˌlophoˈphorate adj
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(ˈlɒf əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈloʊ fə-)

the ciliated food-gathering structure near the mouth of a bryozoan or brachiopod.
[1840–50; < Greek lóph(os) crest, ridge + -o- + -phore]
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Among these are worm-shaped clades such as Plathelminthes or Nemertea, tentacle-bearing phyla such as Entoprocta and Lophophorata (Ectoprocta, Brachiopoda, and Phoronida), or highly mobile pelagic taxa such as cephalopod molluscs.
On the basis of morphology, however, brachiopods, phoronids, and bryozoans have been grouped together as the Lophophorata (Hyman, 1959).