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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Meningo-encephalomyelitis due to the saprophagous nematode, Micronema deletrix.
From these scraps of data, it is probable that Afrotropical Pachycerina are detrivorous or saprophagous in the larval stage, as with other lauxaniid larvae (Miller 1977), but possibly specializing on bird nests or other restricted microhabitats.
Most species of this family have saprophagous feeding habits, although some are primarily phytophagous (Allen & Foote 1992).