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detritivore

(dĭ-trī′tə-vôr′)
n.
An organism, such as a bacterium, fungus, or insect, that feeds on dead plant or animal matter.

detritivore

an organism feeding on DETRITUS.
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Switches between zoophagy, phytophagy and detritivory of Sarotherodon mossambicus populations in twelve Sri Lankan lakes.
However, evidence from terrestrial systems suggests these multitrophic level responses may be less common in diverse and reticulate food webs where omnivory, allochthonous inputs, detritivory, and ontogenetic trophic shifts may dissipate multitrophic level responses (Strong 1992, Polis and Hurd 1996, Polis and Strong 1996).
1997), detritivory is a frequent feeding habit among Loricariidae species and has been considered as a specialised behaviour related to the morphological adaptation of the digestive system (mouth shape and position and intestine length).
The rapid growth of Asynarchus larvae, which is in part facilitated by an ontogenetic shift from detritivory to carnivory (including other caddisflies as prey) enables this species to complete larval development, pupate, and emerge before vernal and autumnal habitats dry (S.
Energetics of detritivory and microbivory in soil in theory and practice.
Flow of energy and materials among these "peripheral" components is governed by trophic links, such as herbivory, detritivory, predation, or omnivory [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].