One type of analysis of the evolutionary relationships of brachiopods has always placed brachiopods as protostomes while another type has split between placing brachiopods among the protostomes or the deuterostomes. era, they were extremely abundant. However, brachiopods have no sign of the podocytes, which perform the first phase of excretion in this process, and brachiopod metanephridia appear to be used only to emit sperm and ova. Lingulid, any member of a group of brachiopods, or lamp shells, that includes very ancient extinct forms as well as surviving representatives. Brachiopod classification is being debated by invertebrate palaeontologists. Most species release both ova and sperm into the water, but females of some species keep the embryos in brood chambers until the larvae hatch. A Devonian spiriferid brachiopod from Ohio that served as a host substrate for a colony of hederellids. , While all molecular phylogeny studies and half the combined studies until 2008 conclude that brachiopods are lophotrochozoans, they could not identify which lophotrochozoan phylum were the closest relatives of brachiopods—except phoronids, which are a sub-group of brachiopods. The specimen is 5 cm wide. At their peak in the Paleozoic era, the brachiopods were among the most abundant filter-feeders and reef-builders, and occupied other ecological niches, including swimming in the jet-propulsion style of scallops. ) have been fished commercially, on a very small scale. , The majority of food consumed by brachiopods is digestible, with very little solid waste produced. , However, fossils from 2007 onwards have supported a new interpretation of the Early-Cambrian tommotiids, and a new hypothesis that brachiopods evolved from tommotiids. , Since 1991 Claus Nielsen has proposed a hypothesis about the development of brachiopods, adapted in 2003 by Cohen and colleagues as a hypothesis about the earliest evolution of brachiopods. Some forms contain calcium phosphate and others have calcium carbonate. Lifespans range from three to over thirty years. This is a list of brachiopod genera which includes both extinct (fossil) forms and extant (living) genera (bolded). Most species avoid locations with strong currents or waves, and typical sites include rocky overhangs, crevices and caves, steep slopes of continental shelves, and in deep ocean floors. , Brachiopods, as with molluscs, have an epithelial mantle that secretes and lines the shell, and encloses the internal organs. Yes. Of lamp shells and lophophores. The great majority of modern brachiopods are rhynchonelliforms (Articulata, but excluding Craniida). (R. C. Moore, 1952), All brachiopods have adductor muscles that are set on the inside of the pedicle valve and which close the valves by pulling on the part of the brachial valve ahead of the hinge. On the other hand, inarticulate brachiopods, whose larva swim for up to a month before settling, have wide ranges. During the Paleozoic era, they were extremely abundant. If the animal encounters larger lumps of undesired matter, the cilia lining the entry channels pause and the tentacles in contact with the lumps move apart to form large gaps and then slowly use their cilia to dump the lumps onto the lining of the mantle. In addition to the traditional classification of brachiopods into inarticulate and articulate, two approaches appeared in the 1990s: one approach groups the inarticulate Craniida with articulate brachiopods, since both use the same material in the mineral layers of their shell; the other approach makes the Craniida a third group, as their outer organic layer is different from that in either of the other two. The "traditional" classification was defined in 1869; two further approaches were established in the 1990s:, About 330 living species are recognized, grouped into over 100 genera. The function of these diverticula is uncertain and it is suggested that they may be storage chambers for chemicals such as glycogen, may secrete repellents to deter organisms that stick to the shell or may help in respiration.  Food passes through the mouth, muscular pharynx ("throat") and oesophagus ("gullet"), all of which are lined with cilia and cells that secrete mucus and digestive enzymes. Syringothyris texta (Hall 1857), dorsal view, internal mold. Brachiopod fossils have been useful indicators of climate changes during the Paleozoic era. It is sometimes associated with a fringing plate, the colleplax. They are actually quite different from clams in their , Brachiopods live only in the sea.  Adults of most species are of one sex throughout their lives.  The earliest confirmed brachiopods have been found in the early Cambrian, inarticulate forms appearing first, followed soon after by articulate forms. It was often thought that brachiopods went into decline after the Permian–Triassic extinction, and were out-competed by bivalves, but a study in 1980 found both brachiopod and bivalve species increased from the Paleozoic to modern times, with bivalves increasing faster; after the Permian–Triassic extinction, brachiopods became for the first time less diverse than bivalves. Tylothyris, a spiriferid from the Middle Devonian of Wisconsin, Rhynchotrema dentatum, a rhynchonellid brachiopod from the Cincinnatian (Upper Ordovician) of southeastern Indiana. Phylum Brachiopoda This video is part of the ongoing site characterization of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The larvae of articulate species settle in quickly and form dense populations in well-defined areas while the larvae of inarticulate species swim for up to a month and have wide ranges.  Each has two valves (shell sections) which cover the dorsal and ventral surface of the animal, unlike bivalve molluscs whose shells cover the lateral surfaces.  Closer examination has found difficulties in the grounds on which brachiopods were affiliated with deuterostomes:, Nielsen views the brachiopods and closely related phoronids as affiliated with the deuterostome pterobranchs because their lophophores are driven by one cilium per cell, while those of bryozoans, which he regards as protostomes, have multiple cilia per cell. However a bryozoan or phoronid lophophore is a ring of tentacles mounted on a single, retracted stalk, while the basic form of the brachiopod lophophore is U-shaped, forming the brachia ("arms") from which the phylum gets its name. Although they seem rare in today's seas, they are actually fairly common. They develop long spiral "arms" from either side of their mouths. The mouth is at the base of the lophophore. Depsite their relative obscurity today, brachiopods have a long and rich  This conclusion is unanimous among molecular phylogeny studies, which use a wide selection of genes: rDNA, Hox genes, mitochondrial protein genes, single nuclear protein genes and sets of nuclear protein genes. Fish and crustaceans seem to find brachiopod flesh distasteful and seldom attack them. Paleozoic Archives on fossil taxa Here available a copy of the Archives of the "SIBIC" (Smithsonian International Brachiopod Information Center) which include reviewed lists of fossil taxa described before 1995, prepared by my friend Rex Doescher. Unlike mollusks, brachiopods have bilateral symmetry across the shell. It was suggested in 2003 that brachiopods had evolved from an ancestor similar to Halkieria, a slug-like Cambrian animal with "chain mail" on its back and a shell at the front and rear end; it was thought that the ancestral brachiopod converted its shells into a pair of valves by folding the rear part of its body under its front.