coprophage


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coprophage

an animal such as the rabbit that feeds on its own faeces, or one such as the dung beetle that feeds on those of other animals.
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Data analysis: Scarabaeinae community structure was analyzed using the criteria of Halffter and Favila (1993) and Favila and Halffter (1997): segregation by feeding habits (strict coprophages, strict necrophages and generalists); food relocation (percentage of burrowers and rollers); spatial segregation (percentage of umbrophiles and heliophiles); temporal segregation (percentage diurnal and nocturnal); and size segregation (small -- 3 to 8 mm, medium -- 9 to 14 mm, large -- 15+mm).
Sarcophaginae have a wide variety of habits, some species being scavengers, coprophages, hosts of ant and termite nests, some cause myasis to amphibians and mammals, others are predators on arachnid eggs, butterfly larvae and bee pupae.
One of the featured films was War of the Coprophages from season 3 of The X-Files, which features killer cockroaches.