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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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Nevertheless, over the last decade, the training of young taxonomists has expanded investigation to other groups, such as polyclad flatworms (Quiroga, Bolanos, & Litvaitis, 2004), lophophorates (Florez-Romero, Montoya-Cadavid, Reyes-Forero, & Santodomingo, 2007), sipunculan annelids (Gomez, Ardila, & Sanjuan-Munoz, 2013), and nemerteans (Gonzalez-Cueto, Quiroga, & Norenburg, 2014).
Evidence from 18S ribosomal DNA that the Lophophorates are protostome animals.
Relationship (12) has also been obtained in the detailed measurements on the fluid and gas transport systems in fish and insects, the trophic fluid transport systems of a variety of suspension-feeding marine invertebrates (molluscs, brachiopods, lophophorates, sponges) [44], the conducting systems of plant leaves [29,30,53], tree branchings [105], and even in the bifurcations of axons [5].
Echinoderms and lophophorates. The Boxwood Press, Pacific Grove, CA.
Reproduction of marine invertebrates, echinoderms and lophophorates. Volume VI.
We report in this study the occurrence of the larval forms of 13 invertebrate taxa, including an hoplitomella larvae of the boring sponge Thoosa, "lophophorates" larval stages: an actinotroch of phoronids, ciphonaute of bryozoans and lobate of brachiopods.
This texture is rare in modern molluscs but is common in lophophorates (Taylor et al.
514-624 in Reproduction in Marine Invertebrates: Echinoderms and Lophophorates. A.
Nonfeeding larvae have evolved from feeding larvae many times within the echinoderms, hemichordates, lophophorates, polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, crustaceans, and other taxa (Strathmann 1978).
Echinoderms and Lophophorates. Boxwood Press, Pacific Grove, Calif..