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Lampshells: Brachipoda

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BLACK LAMPSHELL (Hemithyris psittacea): SPECIES ACCOUNT

Lampshells are found in all oceans.


Lampshells live on the bottom of oceans with cold, moderate, or warm waters. They either attach themselves to hard objects or bury themselves in mud or sand. They are found along seashores to depths of 17,410 feet (5,300 meters).


Lampshells eat bits of plants, animals, and other organisms floating in the water. The sticky tentacles collect food from water flowing past the body in between the valves.


No species is considered threatened or endangered.

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