Saprophilous | definition of saprophilous by Medical dictionary
Thriving on decaying organic matter.
[sapro- + G. philos, fond]
saprophilous (săp-rŏf′ĭl-ŭs) [Gr. sapros, putrid, + philein, to love]
Living on decaying or dead substances, as a microorganism.
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Statistic classification of epilithic species into three ecological groups relating to organic water pollution (2) Saprophilous
and Saproxenous taxa.
However, Basilewsky reports finding some specimens in cave litter, suggesting that some species might not be strictly termitophile but rather saprophilous