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Brachiopod, a clamlike animal that inhabits the bottoms of oceans. Brachiopods are also called lampshells because they have shells that typically resemble ancient oil lamps. Most kinds of brachiopods attach themselves to rocks or other objects by a stalk, called a peduncle. Some species burrow. Brachiopods range in length from 1/4 inch to 3 inches (6 to 76 mm).


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