Story: Marine animals without backbones
Lamp shells are brachiopods, an ancient group of animals that superficially resemble some shellfish. Their interior reveals their true identity – much of it is taken up with a heavily folded feeding organ called a lophophore, used to filter food particles out of water. Shown here is the lophophore of Neothyris lenticularis, New Zealand’s largest brachiopod.
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Department of Conservation
Photograph by Helen Kettles
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