saprophagous

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(of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter

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Arthropod taxa were classified into the trophic levels of herbivore, predator, and detritivore based on published descriptions (Table 1).
Trophic levels of insects (Table 1) included 66 samples of herbivores in 14 genera, 30 samples of predators in 7 genera and Chrysopidae, and 4 samples of detritivores in 2 genera.
Organisms were classified into functional groups based on ecological processes that involve soil fauna: soil engineers = ants, earthworms, Isoptera; detritivores = Dermaptera, Diplopoda, Coleoptera, Blattodea, Isopoda, Acari, Diptera; herbivores = Hemiptera, Orthoptera, Lepidoptera larvae, Mollusca, Phasmatodea; and predators = Araneae, Chilopoda, Opiliones, Pseudoscorpionida, Mantodea.
As a detritivore, it burrows in the top 1-2 cm of sediments and mostly feeds on organic material that settles from overlying waters.
In contrast, both predator and detritivore relative richness was higher on Sapium (24% and 38% respectively) than the native site averages (12% and 16% respectively).
It is believed to be a detritivore as well as possibly grazing on algae and lichens encrusting tree trunks and branches.
There are wastes that are indigestible to mussels, and particles too large for ingestion, suggesting that loading under IMTA cages could benefit from further integration of some detritivore species.
A shift in the detritivore guild, which is dominated by microbes in more mesic habitats, to arthropods in deserts, provides a likely explanation for this higher biodiversity (Ayal et al.
Scheu S, Theenhaus A, Jones TH (1999) Links between the detritivore and the herbivore system: effects of earthworms and Collembola on plant growth and aphid development.
Insects were classified as herbivore, predator, or detritivore with descriptions of primary diet.
While filter feeders dominated (bivalves), others represented were detritivores (e.
Some authors have suggested that bacteria could be a link between nutrients in organic matter and detritivores including crustaceans (Phillips 1984; Moriarty 1997).
Here we have discussion of feeding by diverse assemblages, namely neotropical ants, social bees, lepidopterous defoliators, seed-sucking bugs, seed-chewing bugs, rhizophagous beetles, gall-inducing insects, detritivores, stored grain insects, tephritid fruit flies, sap-sucking aphidoid insects, hymenopterous parasitoids, predatory bugs, coccinellid beetles, green lacewings, and hematophages.
2004) noted a lower proportion of herbivores and a higher proportion of predators and detritivores than on native vegetation.