detritivore

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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.
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detritivore

an organism feeding on DETRITUS.
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The density of herbivores and omnivores was significantly higher on stone bottoms, that of detrivores on sandy gravel and gravelly clay bottoms.
Key words: [[delta].sup.15]N and [[delta].sup.13]C; detrivores; food web, forest litter; intraguild predation; isotope ratios; macro-invertebrates; soil fauna; stable isotopes; trophic levels.
The evolution of animals is especially easy to interpret in this way: primitive detrivores acquired movement to burrow into gradients; then their descendants acquired mouths and claws to hurry the disintegration; then predators, as well as herbivores, evolved to hurry the production of detritus; then some of these became homeothermic (i.e.
Aggressive mimicry ("wolf in sheep's clothing," by which a predator mimics its prey) can be ruled out because these snails are primarily detrivores, herbivores, and fungivores, occasionally feeding on a carcass but never seen to capture live prey (Pilsbry 1940; Webb 1965; pets.