saprophagous

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saprophagous

(să-prŏf′ə-gəs)
adj.
Feeding on decaying organic matter: saprophagous beetles.

sap′pro·phage (săp′rə-fāj′) n.
sa·proph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.

saprophagous

feeding on dead or decaying organic matter.
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In this study, the CCA analysis indicated that edge-specialist species were predominantly predators, while edge-avoiding species were predominantly fungivores or saprophages, but the overall trend among just the 32 common species was not significant.
Two way analysis of variance (ANOVA)/ Kruskal-Wallis tests, and associated multiple comparisons tests, Tuckey and Dunn were used for testing: a) possible differences of nesting guild selection (tunnelers, dweller, rollers) and feeding guild selection (coprophagous, necrophagous, saprophages and generalist) within the different habitats; b) possible differences in richness and abundance of Scarabaeinae by bait, and c) differences in abundance and richness of the Scarabaeinae by baits within the habitats studied.
Oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatidae) are the most diverse arthropod group in forest litter and soil, and they make significant contributions to decomposition as microbial grazers and saprophages.