Definitions for "Lophophore"
A disk which surrounds the mouth and bears the tentacles of the Bryozoa. See Phylactolemata.
Lophophore - The feeding mechanism of a brachiopod, capable of extracting suspended microorganisms from water.
Complex ring of hollow tentacles used as a feeding organ. The tentacles are covered by cilia, which generate a current to bring food particles into the mouth. The structure is only found in the brachiopods, phoronids, and bryozoans. More info