A structure in certain small marine invertebrates, having the shape of a horseshoe and bearing ciliated tentacles around the mouth.
- The brachidium is a structure which supports the lophophore, the feeding organ of brachiopods.
- The lophophore, a ciliated, tentacular organ for feeding, of varying three-dimensional morphology, is suspended between the mantles.
- The mouth is surrounded by the ciliated feeding structure known as a lophophore.
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