saprophilous

sa·proph·i·lous

(să-prof'i-lŭs),
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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However, Basilewsky reports finding some specimens in cave litter, suggesting that some species might not be strictly termitophile but rather saprophilous and hygrophilous.